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'Save our care homes' Campaigners protest over plans to close council run care homes

Southampton City Council is due to make a final decision in February Photo: ITV Meridian
Southampton City Council is due to make a final decision in February Credit: ITV Meridian

A protest is being held in Southampton against proposals to close the last two care homes run by the city council.

Southampton City Council is due to make a final decision in February Credit: ITV Meridian

The homes which mainly care for elderly people with dementia could fall victim to budget cuts. Staff are at risk of being made redundant and residents could be forced to move.

Ali Hedley's 73-year-old mother Gillian - who has dementia, was moved to Holcroft House in Thornhill two years ago.

Southampton City Council is due to make a final decision in February Credit: ITV Meridian

A protest against the closures is being held by the unions Unite and Unison. Staff from the homes will be there alongside relatives of the residents.

If the closures go ahead residents will be moved to other homes in the private sector with the council helping to pay the bills.

The council is still consulting on the plans with a decision due to be made in February.