Leicester

Amrutben Karia, 101, loses care home closure case

Image caption Amrutben Karia and family were concerned her cultural needs would not be catered for

A 101-year-old woman has failed in her legal bid to save her care home.

Amrutben Karia took Leicester City Council to the High Court over its decision to close Herrick Lodge where she has lived for 15 years.

Mrs Karia and her family had claimed the impact of the move had not been fully considered by officials.

But while expressing sympathy, the court backed the original decision. The council said it would do its "utmost to support her".

The move is part of a wider programme of sell-offs and closures designed to save the council £4.2m a year.


Care home closures timeline

Phase 1 - 2014/15

To close/closed

•Herrick Lodge, Leicester

•Elizabeth House, New Parks

•Nuffield House, Westcotes

Being sold

•Abbey House, Leicester

•Cooper House, Eyres Monsell

Phase 2 - 2015/16

To close

•Preston Lodge, Leicester

Being sold

•Thurn Court, Thurnby Lodge

•Arbor House, Evington


Lawyers for Mrs Karia told the judicial review that the authority had failed to inform itself on material issues of fact, reached its decision without due regard to the need to avoid unlawful discrimination in the provision of services and failed to consider the impact of the closure on her.

But the judge, Sir Stephen Silber, dismissed claims she had been promised a "home for life" at Herrick Lodge and that its closure would violate her human rights.

He said: "There are no valid grounds for challenging the October decision."

The council said there were only four people left at Herrick Lodge but there was "no question" of anyone being forced to leave.

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