Charity wins care costs from council

    A mental health charity has won its case for reimbursement from
    Hackney Council for extra care costs incurred at one of its homes
    after the local government ombudsman intervened.

    The council has agreed to pay the Psychiatric Rehabilitation
    Association more than £40,000 to meet the costs of extra night
    cover for residents at the Downs Road home since 2003. The council
    has also said that some residents will not be transferred to
    independent living settings.

    The charity contacted the ombudsman last April, claiming the
    council had reneged on a promise to fund extra night cover needs
    identified by the then National Care Standards Commission, and
    saying residents had no wish to leave the home.

    PRA director John Wilder welcomed the decision but said the
    dispute had taken its toll on residents.

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