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County council unveils plans for 600 homes for older and disabled people

Up to 600 homes specially designed for older and disabled people will be created in Surrey within a decade under plans unveiled by the county council.

The authority has revealed it aims to free up sites on its land for extra care housing – homes with support staff on hand – and team up with at least one developer. In return for a long lease the developer would design, build and run the apartments with the council renting a share of the purpose-built properties.

It will mean people can live in their own home for longer while also saving the council around £4,600 annually per person on care or nursing home support at a time when rising demand for adult social care is costing an extra £24m this year and the council has lost out on tens of millions of funding for people with a learning disability.

If all the completed homes were occupied by people under the council’s care, such as those with physical or learning disabilities, it would save nearly £2.8 million a year.

Further information about the plans, which have been set out in initial discussions with extra care home providers, can be found in a report approved by the Cabinet.

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Mel Few (pictured) said: “Not only are these plans good for older and disabled people who want to stay in their own homes and familiar surroundings, they’re good for the council because we can stretch our budget further at a time when our finances are under severe strain from rising demand for services, including adult social care.”

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