Peterborough council care homes closure confirmed

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The last two council-run care homes in Peterborough are to close.

A final appeal to the city council to keep Greenwood House and Welland House open was rejected despite more than 6,000 people signing petitions.

The council said closing them could save it about £146,000 a month and was necessary because of budget cuts.

Leader Marco Cereste earlier said no-one would be moved without "suitable alternatives" being secured, and added "no-one's going to be forced out."

The council also said support would be provided for staff affected by redundancy.

The two homes have 32 permanent residents, plus respite and day care users, and employ 184 staff.

Greenwood House is expected to close at the end of the month and Welland House by the end of February.

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