West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Chestnut Walk Care Home

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17  webpage.


The council has a statutory duty to meet social care needs for vulnerable adults assessed as eligible under the Care Act 2014. This can include anything from providing advice and guidance, helping people stay at home by having a package of care or, in cases of high need, provision of residential care.

We do this by either providing the services directly or by purchasing them from independent or voluntary sector care providers.

The council currently owns and operates four care homes; these are located in Shaw, Thatcham, Kintbury and Hungerford. Two of the homes support people with dementia and two focus on older people who have high physical needs.


Whilst a lot of work has been completed to ensure the homes represent good value for money, financial modelling on the smallest home shows that the council can purchase the care beds at a lower cost from external care providers. It is therefore proposed that we close the smallest home which is Chestnut Walk, which will result in a saving of £94,000.

What do we think the impact will be?

As well as our own three care homes, there are a significant number of private care home providers that meet our quality standards at an affordable price. The home has capacity for 13 residents, all of whom will require re-provision. This will be managed through effective planning and in consultation with families. We will re-deploy staff to avoid redundancies.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We considered re-developing the site to provide a larger home which could offer greater value for money, but the site is limited and therefore it is not possible to expand it in a way that would reduce running costs sufficiently. We have also looked at local care home provision and believe it offers sufficient choice for families.

This consultation is now closed.

What you told us

We received 13 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on 11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016, all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to proceed with this proposal.

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