Charity care home closure approved by Lords

The Leonard Cheshire Foundation’s plans to close its
largest care home do not contravene the Human Rights Act, the House
of Lords has ruled.

Three law lords refused permission for an appeal against an
appeal court ruling in March. They agreed that the foundation is
not a public body, and that in the circumstances its decisions are
not open to challenge under the judicial review process.

Long stay patients Elizabeth Heather and Hilary Callin mounted
the challenge. Social services placed them in the home, Le Court in
Hampshire, more than 17 years ago.

They objected to plans to develop Le Court into a small high
dependency unit, and to relocate them into community based

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