Legal fight over Doncaster care home closure decision

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Lawyers are preparing for a High Court battle to stop Doncaster Council closing the authority’s seven remaining old people’s homes.

It comes after Mayor Ros Jones and Doncaster Council cabinet voted to close the remaining council-run care homes and three Social Education Centres at a meeting last week.

Now both issues will be challenged with a judicial review in the High Court after some of the protesters consulted a Sheffield law firm.

Katy Cowans, a specialist solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, said they were looking into a legal challenge.

She said: “After meeting with service users affected by the changes we intend to fully investigate a legal challenge of the decision by way of judicial review proceedings.”

The Caregate campaigners collected more than 27,000 signatures in opposition to the closure of the care homes.

Campaigner Christine Blackham, of Back Lane, Stainforth, said the legal fight is stage two in their plans to stop the closures.

She added: “The gloves are off now and the legal battle starts here.

“The closure didn’t come as a surprise, we knew it was coming.

“But we’re all feeling quite positive about the legal fight, we are prepared to fight the decision all the way.”

At the cabinet meeting, council chief executive, Jo Miller confirmed a charity has expressed an interest in taking over some of the care homes.