Mansfield care home to be sold off by Nottinghamshire County Council

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A MANSFIELD care home run by Nottinghamshire County Council will be sold off under the authority’s cost-cutting drive if new plans are approved later this month.

Maun View, Chesterfield Road South, will be one of six across the county snapped up by private Runwood Homes if the deal is approved on 22nd September.

But Kirklands Care Home, Fairhaven, Kirkby, and Bishops Court, Tuxford Road, Boughton, are among the six other homes which will stay under the authority’s control for now.

The 60-place Maun View home was put on the market after the authority said it was looking to sell all its 12 care homes in February last year.

Essex-based Runwood, a social and healthcare company, has emerged as the preferred buyer and is willing to pay a total of £2.5m for the six homes.

Council officials insisted residents in all the homes would be ‘completely unaffected’ if the deal goes through.

Said David Pearson, the council’s corporate director of adult social care and health: “Runwood are interested in the quality of the buildings and will make a long-term commitment to high quality care; that provides considerable reassurance.”

Clauses agreed include a three-year initial period in which Runwood would maintain the current fees paid by residents and agree to keep the facilities as care homes.

The existing staff will also be maintained and Runwood has also pledged to spend £500,000 per home over five years to up standards.

The county council will get £1.9m from the sale, after passing on £600,000 to a Primary Care Trust, which had invested in one of the homes.

Officials say the sell-off will save the council millions in running costs and allow it to spend £9.4m elsewhere as part of its services for the elderly.

This includes spending money on new multi-purpose care centres after the authority announced in June it was shutting nine county day care centres, also in order to save cash.

The council is battling to save £187m over four years while tackling a trend of rising demand for care.