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Shrewsbury care home handed over to private firm

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A council-run residential care home has been transferred to an independent care provider in a deal which is set to save county taxpayers almost £2 million.

Non-profit organisation Coverage Care has received the keys to Crowmoor House, in Shrewsbury, for an initial five-year contract. The organisation now operates 15 homes in Shropshire and is due to open a centre in Oswestry in April.

The transfer of the site is predicted to save Shropshire Council £1.75 million over five years.

Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council's cabinet member for health and well-being, said: "Coverage Care has a proven track record in Shropshire and this transfer means residents will continue to benefit from excellent services.

"We have supported residents and their families throughout this transition.

"They have been kept up-to-date at every step including the milestones of the thorough bid assessment, Coverage Care being chosen from the very high quality bids and working towards today's hand-over.

"The appointment of Coverage Care will offer better value for money for local people, while ensuring continuity of care for current residents as well as the potential of major development in new local facilities in the future."

David Coull, chief executive of Coverage Care, visited the home in Monkmoor on Monday to officially mark the handover. He said care standards will not change as a result of the transfer.

"Residents and families have been well informed and supported over the past year as the bidding process has taken place and all residents will remain at the home with exactly the same conditions," he said.

By Chris Burn

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