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Corrin Home closure 'part of a bigger issue'

The impending closure of the Corrin Memorial Home in Peel is 'part of a bigger issue about a lack of publicly funded care home provision in the west'.

That's the belief of MLC Kate-Lord Brennan after it was announced last Friday the facility, which houses 21 residents, is planning to shut its doors in July with its board of directors saying they can't find a way to make the home viable.

The home says it does have sufficient funding within reserves to ensure it can meet all current and future financial obligations up to, and including, the proposed closure.

The aim is to ensure all of its residents will be moved to new accommodation before the home shuts.

Mrs Lord-Brennan says: "The planned closure of Corrin Memorial Home in July is sad & difficult news for Peel, for residents and staff of the home and is clearly part of a bigger issue about lack of publicly funded and operated residential care home provision in the west of the island.

"Long term, the west of the island has been overlooked for too long in terms of a publicly funded and operated residential care facility.

"I will be making further careful enquiries to understand the issues and what might be done in the short and longer term, but also at this stage, need to see the initial response from other parties, now that the board has taken this undoubtedly difficult decision."

Elsewhere, in a statement at the end of last week, staff at the care home stated the announcement doesn't change their 'determination to fight and seek support from the local community in Peel, Local businesses, and the population of the Island more widely.'

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