SURREY County Council has spent more than £2.5million in the past year paying for social care beds for the elderly which have been left empty.
Figures obtained by the Residents’ Association and Independent opposition group at County Hall show £1.9million was paid out in the last financial year to care providers in the county for empty beds that had been set aside for residential care for the physically frail.
The data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act also shows that this time last year one in 10 of the 280 beds in Surrey set aside for people with dementia remained unused.
In the past 12 months empty dementia beds cost taxpayers £440,000.
Scandal of Surrey’s wasted care bed millions