Scope plans to close or downsize a third of its care homes over three years

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity, says the proposals would affect 11 of its 32 homes

Richard Hawkes
Richard Hawkes

The disability charity Scope has proposed closing or downsizing a third of its care homes over the next three years, affecting 400 staff.

The move is being considered as part of the charity’s push towards enabling more disabled people to live independently within the community.

A spokesman for the charity said the proposals related to 11 of its 32 care homes, affecting 400 of its 3,500 staff and 190 residents.

He said that, should any of the homes close, affected staff would be given support in seeking alternative employment.

Consultation on the closures will run for three years, costing the charity about £3.8m in support and advocacy costs for staff and residents.

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of Scope, said: "We’re looking into closing or changing 11 of our care homes because we don’t think they offer disabled people the kind of say that everyone else has over things such as where they live, who they live with and how their money is spent. We will now consult the disabled people who use the care homes, their families, staff and local authorities before making a final decision." 

He said that Scope had already closed 10 homes in the past five years. "We’ve decided it was time to step up our work," he said. "We have reviewed all of our care homes for disabled adults to see which ones we needed to change."

The homes set for closure are: Hampton House in Northamptonshire; Drummonds in Essex; Wakes Hall in Essex; Douglas Arter Centre in Wiltshire; Redclyffe in Hertfordshire; Lingfield Avenue in Surrey; Coronation Drive in Cheshire; Roman Housing in Hampshire; and Jack Howarth House in Oxfordshire

It is proposing changes that will result in the part closures of Alderbury Bungalow in Wiltshire and Birchwood in Buckinghamshire.

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