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Call to lobby Devon County Council’s scrutiny meeting on 26 June over care home closures

When: Thursday, 26 June

Where: Under the arches  - Daw Room, Devon County Hall

Time: 1.30pm

UNISON Devon County Branch is calling on Members and Supporters to come together in a show of force on 26 June to lobby Devon County Council’s scrutiny meeting over the council’s decision to close 20 residential homes.

As you have probably seen, this issue has received an enormous amount of coverage in the media – both on TV, radio and in the newspapers.

The Branch has vowed to fight the council’s decision, which will leave over 400 vulnerable adults with an uncertain future and will see over 1,000 council employees lose their jobs, the vast majority of which are low paid women. 

Branch Secretary Steve Ryles says;

We need to pull out all the stops and help the Branch show the council that we are a force to be reckoned with and we will not stop banging the drum about their decision - which is morally wrong and based on inaccurate attendance figures and related costs.

To help make as bigger impact as possible, the Branch will supply members with UNISON banners and ‘Save our care homes!’ placards, which can be collected from Branch office on the day. 

It also looks certain that this issue will be further debated - for the final time - at cabinet on 9 July.  So, again, if you can save this date in your diary and meet us at 10am under the arches by the Daw Room that would be great.

By keeping this issue high on the media’s agenda, we can continue to apply pressure to the council and show them that UNISON members and the general public want to keep these vital services in-house and not exposed to the vagaries of the private sector. 

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commented 2014-06-19 15:48:18 +0100
So glad our attention has been drawn to this lobbying of the Scrutiny Committee. The out-sourcing of residential homes is an extremely serious matter which should concern us all. I have been banging on about it for weeks! As usual with this coalition government it is the most vulnerable who are being hit. It will be devastating for those who are being moved, probably into much inferior accommodation, and very likely miles away from friends and family. As many as possible of Central Devon Labour Party members (of whom I am one) should try to get to this meeting. Pamela Galloway
commented 2014-06-19 15:00:08 +0100
It is extremely sad news about the Devon County’s closure of 20 residential homes in the county.
Apart from the obvious distress that this will cause both the residents and their relatives. It is becoming increasingly clear that this Conservative led Coalition Gov’t is determined to both reduce and undermine local accountability and drive residents in to expensive and at time lower quality private provision.

No doubt the money saved, will be used to fund tax cuts for the better off, replacement of the Trident nuclear submarines, rather than reducing a deficit which has grown over the past four years of this Coalition.

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