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Residents of Mary Feilding Guild care home

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 26 May 2021

The petition of residents of the constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green,

Declares that it is appalling that the new owners of the Mary Feilding Guild have issued eviction notices to the elderly residents during a pandemic; further that this is no way to treat vulnerable older people who have already been through such a difficult year.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to call on the owners to halt their plans immediately, cancel the eviction notices and instead work with residents to save their homes.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Catherine West, Official Report, 15 April 2021; Vol. 692, c. 611.]


Observations from the Minister for Care (Helen Whately):

The Government believe that local authorities are best placed to manage changes in care providers within their local market.

Local authorities should have appropriate plans in place to minimise any disruption of services if a provider exits the market. They are in the best position to find a local solution, with the minimum possible disruption, that meets people’s needs and choices. Their priority will be residents and their families during what can be a difficult time.

Those with care and support needs should be reassured that they should not suffer a gap in their care service—even if their care is funded privately. The Care Act 2014 places a temporary duty on local authorities to ensure that people continue to receive the care and support they need, including people who fund their own care, if a provider exits the market.

The Government understand the care provider is working closely with Haringey Council which has been supporting the provider in finding alternative accommodation for residents.