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Home for life – does it apply to the Leonard Cheshire Foundation?

Elizabeth Heather (1) Martin Ward (2) Hilary Callin (3) v Leonard Cheshire Foundation (1) HM Attorney General (2) QBD 15/6/2001. The claimants had lived in Le Court Cheshire Home, Greatham in Hampshire for more than 17 years. The majority of the residents were placed there and funded by either social services or their health authority.

26 September 2001

Elizabeth Heather (1) Martin Ward (2) Hilary Callin (3) v Leonard Cheshire Foundation (1) HM Attorney General (2) QBD 15/6/2001.

The claimants had lived in Le Court Cheshire Home Greatham in Hampshire for more than 17 years. The majority of the residents were placed there and funded by either social services or their health authority.

On the 27th September 2000 the Trustees of Leonard Cheshire Foundation decided to close Le Court in its present form. In its place they would develop three or four smaller community based units in the surrounding towns. Le Court would become a 16-bed high-dependency unit. The residents who could not remain at Le Court would be relocated into the community based units. The Trustees reconsidered and affirmed their decision on 7th February 2001.

The claimants challenged the Trustees decision on the basis that the Foundation exercised functions of a public nature so as to be a public authority within section 6 Human ...

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