Brother’s anger at changes to a Kingsbury residential home

Ken Knight with his sister Sheila who lives at Tudor Gardens Residential Home

Ken Knight with his sister Sheila who lives at Tudor Gardens Residential Home - Credit: Archant

A man has accused Brent Council of doctoring documents relating to changes to a residential home in Kingsbury where his disabled sister lives.

Ken Knight travelled from his home in Manchester to make a plea to council chiefs not to convert Tudor Gardens Residential Home into a ‘supported living accommodation’ arguing that residents with learning difficulties did not have the mental capacity to deal with the changes.

He showed council officers a document from their website noting that the change to the home would have a “negative” impact, and the same dated document then saying it would have a “positive” impact.

However cabinet members approved the plans which will mean residents will live independently with carers living seperately on the same site.

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Brent Council’s lead member for adults, health and wellbeing, said tenants would be able to claim housing benefit and have security of tenure. They would be given extra money towards their care and the move to supported living would represent “positive change.”

Mr Knight, whose sister Sheila lives at the home, also spoke on behalf of other families.

He said: “In February the manager was asked to write a quality assessment on what would happen and her genuine honest summary was negative.

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“That document became Appendix B and has affectively been doctored. The negative impact has become positive. It’s completely unacceptable.”

Phil Porter, the strategic manager for adult social care at the council, said “doctored” was a strong word but admitted a different conclusion had been reached since the report was first published in February.

Cllr Roxanne Mashari said she was “concerned” about the change from negative to positive and asked for a review in six months.

Cllr Pavey, acting as Leader in Cllr Muhammed Butt’s absence, said: “It’s not a deal breaker but if we can have a note on how the consultation led to that change.”