More scrutiny for Sheffield disability service changes

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Sheffield Council’s decision to offer new contracts at care homes for people with learning disabilities, putting 150 NHS jobs at risk, has been referred to a scrutiny committee after a debate triggered by a 5,000-signature petition.

Bids are being taken for new ‘supported living’ contracts at nine homes, of which five – in Handsworth, High Green, Woodhouse, Arbourthorne and Grimesthorpe – offer NHS residential care.

The decision to contract out the services will now be discussed at a future meeting of the health and social care scrutiny committee, where members will be able to make further recommendations.

Coun Jillian Creasy, leader of the Sheffield Green Party, said she wanted to see ‘the same standards of service and employment conditions in the new service’.