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“Tory cuts are to blame” says Crawley Council leader as new report reveals drop in care homes quality

Crawley Labour has released a comment following the publishing of a report into care homes.

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The new report by Independent Age has revealed that the quality of care homes has worsened in the last year in more than a third of English local authorities.

Independent Age’s figures show that 22.1 per cent of West Sussex’s care homes are failing – down 4.8 points in just a year.

Crawley Borough Council Leader Peter Lamb, responding to the new figures, said:

“Families here in West Sussex need reassurance that vulnerable relatives will be getting the best quality care, but our care homes are failing to provide good quality care – and Tory cuts are to blame.

“Social care is teetering on the edge of a cliff after nine years of Tory cuts to West Sussex’s budget. If Ministers don’t act now, things will get much worse.

“Vulnerable older people and their families deserve better than this: that is why Labour pledged at the last election to invest an additional £8 billion in social care before building a National Care Service for the long term.”

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More Crawley jobs at risk at seven local hotels as Premier Inn owner to cut 6,000 jobs

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Crawley and Gatwick have seven Premier Inns, one of the highest number in such a small area anywhere in the country.

Now jobs at each of these sites is at a potential risk as Premier Inn owner Whitbread announced that plans that up to 6,000 jobs could be cut as they try to survive through the Coronavirus.

Whitbread said that it was in consultation with staff and was hopeful that a majority of the cuts would come from voluntary redundancy.

It added that they had taken the decision due to ‘subdued demand’ with some reports suggesting the company had lost three quarters (80%) of its sales in just the first half of the year when they were forced to close.

Whitbread also owns Brewers Fayre which has locations next to many of the Hotels, but it is not clear how many jobs may be at risk proportionally between the two brands.

With so many of their hotels in and around Crawley it is likely that many more jobs will be lost locally leading to more pressure on the local council to help those in financial need.

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