Care homes face closure

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COUNCIL bosses have blamed Government cuts for the closure of five care homes.

Durham County Council’s cabinet has approved recommendations to close Cheveley House in Belmont, Grampian House in Peterlee and Mendip House in Chester-le-Street, along with homes in Ferryhill and Stanhope.

It has said it will now start forming plans to relocate residents and say “needs, comfort and safety” will be at the heart of the process.

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, cabinet member for safer and healthier communities, said: “This was an extremely difficult decision for everyone and I would like to assure people that we have considered all of the feedback we received and all of the options available to us.

“There is no denying that people feel very strongly and we fully understand this.”

She added issues had included a desire for people to stay in their own homes for longer, a fall in demand for residential care places, the need for investment in the buildings and the availability of care at a lower cost in the independent sector, as well the pressure it faces due to Government funding cuts.