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Haringey Council care home closures reconsidered

The exterior of Cranwood care home in Muswell Hill
Image caption Cranwood care home is one of three facilities for the elderly which are under threat in Haringey borough

The proposed closure of four care homes in north London is to be reconsidered by the local authority which runs them.

Haringey Council had wanted to save money by removing facilities for elderly people at Broadwater Lodge and The Red House, both in Tottenham, and Cranwood in Muswell Hill.

It also planned to shut a respite care home in Whitehall Street, Tottenham, for adults with learning difficulties.

But Lib Dem councillors objected and a scrutiny panel is to review the idea.

The panel will be a cross-party committee of councillors who do not sit on Haringey's cabinet.

They will consider the views of those who object to the proposals, as well as the Labour-run council's position, and then prepare a report for cabinet members.

'Extensive consultations'

Up to 89 residents would be affected by the closures, which were intended to take place by 2013.

The council said residents and their families would be given "every possible support" in identifying another suitable home, "with plenty of time to consider an appropriate placement".

In February, the council approved £84m of cuts to its £273m total budget over the next three years.

"We very much regret that we have been forced to take these decisions as a result of unprecedented government-imposed cuts," said Councillor Dilek Dogus, who is a cabinet member for health and adult services.

The scrutiny panel's report is expected to be completed next month.

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