Leeds & West Yorkshire

Consultation over Leeds City Council care homes closure

The proposed closure of three council-run care homes and day centres in Leeds is to go out to public consultation.

Homes and centres at Siegen Manor in Morley, Middlecross in Armley, The Green in Seacroft and Springfield centre in Beeston are under threat.

Leeds City Council said it needed to "save £48m over the next year".

The authority said its consultation process, which is due to start in January, would "look at proposals to decommission" the sites.

The council's executive board approved the measure on Wednesday, during a protest by more than 100 union members, staff, relatives and residents.

The GMB union said it wanted "a full in-house service review that includes views of staff, union members and residents to look at the ability of keeping a full in-house service within budget".

In a statement the authority said it would "seek an urgent meeting with representatives of the relevant trade unions to discuss recent service reviews in relation to the community support service and residential and day-care facilities.

"These meetings will seek to ensure that the unions and their members are fully aware of the efficiencies we are seeking to achieve through these proposals.

"They will also be invited to work up their proposals for how the service could continue to be delivered by the council at the reduced cost.

"Our intention remains to begin consultation on residential and day services and on the Community Support Service in January."

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