Scilly is to receive a ?20,000 boost as part of a Government campaign to refurbish care homes across the country.

Some 7,000 homes will be given a total of more than ?67m from the Department of Health, care services Minister Ivan Lewis announced.

The funds are part of the Government’s Dignity campaign, which aims to place dignity and respect at the heart of caring for older people.

The money will be allocated across England, ranging from ?20,000 on the Islands and in the City of London to ?1.895 million in Kent.

Scilly has one local authority-owned care home, Park House on St Mary’s.

The privately-run residential home Sage House is due to close at the end of the month after the council withdrew funding.

Improvements under the scheme will include replacing worn-out carpeting or floor coverings to reduce the risk of falls, upgrading dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and gardens, as well as providing computer facilities.

“By distributing this funding to almost 7,000 care homes throughout England we are able to improve the lives of tens of thousands of people and their families,? said Mr Lewis.