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Threatened Doncaster Council-run care homes to stay open

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Image caption Doncaster Council has said it needs to save £70.5m by 2017

Seven council-run care homes earmarked for closure to save £1.9m are set to be taken over by a private company.

Doncaster Council said it had identified Runwood Homes as the preferred bidder to take over management of all of its homes.

Plans to shut the sites and move residents into privately-run homes were approved in 2014.

The council has said it needs to save £70.5m by 2017. It has already saved £93m since 2011.

Campaign group Caregate, which opposed the planned closures, handed in a petition with more than 20,000 signatures last year.

Pauline Collins, from the group said: "It's very good news for my dad and all the other relatives. It means they can stay in their homes."

A council spokesman said it would now begin formal negotiations with Runwood Homes to finalise the contract and work to develop an "implementation plan", which would include arrangements for transfer of staff.

He said a series of meetings with residents and their families would be held to outline the proposals in the coming weeks.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: "This announcement is good news and a real positive step forward towards securing a longer term future for the home, residents and staff."

Homes earmarked for closure

•Gattison House, Rossington

•Owston View, Carcroft

•Oldfield House, Stainforth

•Rose House, Armthorpe

•Plantation View, Cantley

•Stenson Court, Balby

•Rowena House, Conisbrough

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