Security of Tenure

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2012 National Retired Members Conference
19 June 2012

Conference is concerned to learn that some residents in care homes may not have security of tenure and that due to a number of factors could find themselves being evicted at short notice.

Conference condemns the continuing privatisation of the residential care sector which seems largely to be responsible for this alarming new problem and the complete failure of those now running the homes to recognise the needs of their residents to be safe and secure in their accommodation. Conference believes that the savage cuts to services and with it a reduction in the funding of residents has led to this appalling situation where those who are socially funded could find themselves homeless if their local authority is unable (or unwilling) to meet the increasing costs levied, and those who are self financing simply cannot afford these ever increasing costs.

Conference believes that this situation must be addressed as a matter of urgency and that the government must be made aware of yet another consequence of their reduction in funding of essential services. Furthermore Conference reaffirms its absolute commitment to the principle of security of tenure for care home residents.

Conference therefore instructs the National Retired Members’ Committee to:

1 liaise with the NEC about ways of tackling this problem and through them

seek the wider support of the trade union movement and other relevant organisations throughout the UK;

2 keep abreast of all and any developments in this area;

3 publicise this issue through all appropriate channels;

4 urge retired members to write to their MPs on this issue;

5 report back to National Retired Members’ Conference 2013.