Whitefriars redevelops portfolio and saves money for Coventry tax payers

Skipton Lodge

Coventry City Council has confirmed the closure of four council-owned care homes as part of a package of measures designed to save the city £5.2 million this year.

The Labour-led council said that its grant from central government is £130 million lower today than in 2010, so savings have to be found.

More than 80 residents will be moved to other care homes, but officials say that this will lead to better care for residents thanks to a £3 million investment from social housing provider Whitefriars.

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Care home closures in 2016 will include Frank Walsh House in Hillfields and Skipton Lodge in Upper Stoke (pictured above).

Halford Lodge in Keresley and Farmcote Lodge in Aldermans Green will close before March 2017.

Whitefriars has promised to upgrade Skipton Lodge and Halford Lodge, and will readmit elderly residents. It has not announced plans for its other sites.

Councillor Kamran Caan, cabinet member for health, said: “This is for the people I believe built this city. I believe we should improve their accommodation. This will definitely improve people’s lives and health.”

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