Quarriers proposes to close school and children's homes

The social care charity says it would try to redeploy 69 staff members that would be affected by the closures

Seafield School in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire
Seafield School in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire

The social care charity Quarriers is in discussion with 69 staff members over potential redundancy after it proposed closing three of its facilities for children.

The charity is proposing the closures of Seafield School, in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, along with two children’s homes, Merton House in Largs and Williamfield in Irvine, which supports some of the residential pupils at the school. Closures are proposed for the end of the academic year in June.

Paul Moore, chief executive of Quarriers, said attempts would be made to redeploy all 69 members affected within the charity after any closures.

"In the past few years, as a result of the current economic climate of austerity, demand for places at Seafield has been decreasing and is forecast to continue to do so," he said. "There are currently 14 pupils in an education provision that has the capacity to take 25, and it is no longer financially viable.

"We have made every effort to put Seafield on a more sustainable footing, including reconfiguring the provision. However, it has continued to lose money and is forecast to have a significant deficit over this financial year. As a charity, we are simply unable to continue absorbing such losses." 

The charity, which employs about 2,000 staff and had an income of £45.6m in 2012, was forced to cut staff wages at the three facilities in 2011 by 17 per cent, which saved £1.6m.

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