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Charity axes two city care homes

One of Sheffield's biggest providers of care for the elderly has announced the closure of two residential homes.

Sheffcare, a charitable trust which runs 13 homes accommodating 800 people in the city, is to close Primrose View in Walkley and Roewood at Firshill.

The move will affect 50 residents and 83 care staff, Sheffcare said.

The charity said it needed to reduce capacity because more people were choosing to stay in their own homes rather than pay for residential care.

Residents will be given the chance to move to its other homes or into alternative accommodation and compulsory redundancies would be avoided, Sheffcare added.

Pauline Grainger, chairman of the charity's board of trustees, said: "We have chosen Roewood and Primrose View because of where they are situated in the city and the other homes that are around that can take residents.

"It is not easy to make these decisions when you know it affects people's lives, but you have also got to be very sensible about the future."

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