Massive care home investments

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LANCASHIRE County Council has announced plans for a multi-million pound investment in care facilities for disabled children and older people.

The cash injection will pay for improved respite facilities for disabled children and improvements to older people’s residential and day care centres.

These new investments have been approved by cabinet members after a report confirmed the council is ahead of schedule in delivering its savings plans.

County Coun Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “Nobody could pretend it is an easy period for staff or service users when we’re having to deliver substantial savings.

“But staff across the council ha! ve made such rapid progress we’re ahead of schedule with our savings plans, particularly in reducing the cost of ‘back office’ services, so we’re going to use the funds freed up to invest in frontline services for the vulnerable.”

The cabinet’s decision means nearly £3 million will be invested in improving residential and day care centres for older people. This will fund upgrades to all 17 such centres across Lancashire.

Meanwhile, work will begin on plans to improve respite facilities for disabled children, which are currently the subject of a consultation process.