Durham County Council's decision to close its remaining care homes has been greeted with anger and disappointment. There were boos as the council's cabinet voted unanimously for the closure. The five homes were the last council run elderly care homes in the North East, as other councils have already taken the decision to buy in care from private companies.
The strongest opposition to the closures came from supporters of Newtown House in Stanhope, Weardale. Residents and their relatives spoke of their disappointment.
40 people currently live in the five homes and 172 staff will lose their jobs with the closures.
It costs more than £400 per week more for a person to be cared for in a council run home than in the private sector.
Council Leader, Simon Henig, says it simply can't afford the homes because of the cuts imposed by the government.