Hull care home to close due to running costs

A residential care home in East Yorkshire is planning to close with the loss of more than 50 jobs.

St Catherine's on Southcoates Lane, Hull, is shutting because the charity running the home cannot afford the £200,000 a year it needs to support it.

On Monday, 36 residents were told they will have to leave the home but it would not close before April 2013.

The home has now started a consultation period with staff that will last until the end of January.

The home's owners, the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, is a Roman Catholic group set up to assist the poor. It said its other homes were not at risk.

In a letter to staff and relatives of the residents, the institute said over the past five years a considerable amount of money had been spent on the home's refurbishment and maintenance.

As a result it had been operating at a loss for several years and this was not sustainable.

Sister Phillipa Kohl Becker, one of the home's trustees, said the residents had been "simply wonderful" under difficult circumstances.

"The last thing we want to do is close that home," she added.

Angela Dunn, from Hull City Council, said: "The welfare and wellbeing of residents is our priority. We will work with residents and their families to identify suitable new homes and ensure they receive appropriate care and support."

The home said it hoped to continue to provide some services for older people from the building.

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