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Council wants private firm to run children’s home
9:00am Monday 29th October 2012 in News
A SEARCH is to start for a firm to run children’s home beds in York after council bosses said outsourcing the service would save £200,000.
The move will see Wenlock Terrace, the only City of York Council-operated children’s home in the city, being transferred to an outside organisation.
The company would also be in charge of providing additional beds which are currently obtained from a range of external care providers.
The council has vowed Wenlock Terrace will not close and the quality of care will not be affected.
A tendering process will now be carried out.
Meanwhile, the council’s cabinet is to be asked to approve spending £248,000 on refurbishing a property which the authority owns in Nursery Drive so it can become a base for contact between looked-after children and their parents.
The plans were given the backing of Coun Janet Looker, cabinet member for education, children and young people’s services.
The authority said the move will save money in the long run by preventing the contact service having to be split between separate sites across the city, with £190,000 of the overall cost funded through borrowing.
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