RELATIVES must be prepared to fight if they are to save old people's homes from closure, a campaign leader said today.

The call came after Kirklees Council announced plans to review seven old people's homes.

Karl Brown, a leader of a campaign against home closures in 2003, said families should get ready to protest.

"I'm convinced that what we did two years ago led the council to change some of their plans," he said.

"All of these homes will close unless relatives and families get together and put up a protest."

Homes at risk include The Homestead in Almondbury, Cherry Tree Court, at Shepley, Greenacres, in Meltham, and Scissett Mount in Scissett.

Town hall chiefs said their future was under review as they no longer met modern standards.

Mr Brown, who lives in Newsome, blamed council leaders for allowing spending on them to slip.

He said: "Relatives must show no complacency, they have got to make their voices heard.

"We hired a solicitor during our fight and people will have to consider doing that this time."

One relative said today that many residents would cope badly if they were forced to move.

The claim came from Doreen Preen, whose 84-year-old mother Joyce Briggs is at Cherry Tree Court in Shepley.

Mrs Preen said: "It's going to be too much for her if they move her.

"It's all very well these people making these decisions, but it's others that have to live with them.

"They say there's care in the community for people to stay out of homes, but it wasn't there for me when I asked."

Clr Dennis Hullock, council Cabinet member for health and social services, said spending on old people's care had risen considerably in the last five years.

"Households receiving intensive home care have more than doubled over the same period with over 800 people now receiving high level care at home.

"The service issues more than 17,000 items of equipment each year to help older people live at home," he said.