GMB call on public to support 6 of the remaining Leeds council run care homes & 4 day centres during consultation period on closing them.
GMB will seek on behalf of its members to keep all the council run home and day centres open and properly funded.
GMB, the union for public sector workers, is calling on the public to respond to the proposal by Leeds City Council, during the 12 week consultation, to close 6 of the council's remaining care homes and 4 council run day centres. See notes to editors for details of the care homes and day centres and for what the council proposes for them.
Jon Smith, GMB Regional Officer, said “Leeds City Council has begun a 12 week consultation from 11th March on closing care homes. Consultations are also underway on 4 council run day centres.
GMB will seek on behalf of its members to keep all the council run home and day centres open and properly funded. Staff are dedicated and have many years’ experience. This will be lost at the stroke of a pen, whilst the residents and service users will be sent packing off to the private sector.
The 3 homes they closed last year as well as others from previous years remain empty with no known plans to be used for anything else, this is money being sat on that could be reinvested into the homes and day centres.
The closures are estimated to save £5 million but the year on year cost saving is only £800,000.
The whole of Leeds will be affected in some way by these cuts but we are unsure if all Leeds residents are aware of this.
We should be investing in public services and not selling them off to the highest bidder with a priority to make money. The people of Leeds have got a very simple choice “care or profit". GMB want them to tell the council where they stand during the consultation period”
Contact Jon Smith 07918 905 615 or 01924 8822 55 or GMB press office 07921 289 880
Notes to Editors
Leeds City Council: proposed options for residential homes
Executive Board decided on 15 December 2012 hat consultation takes place on the following proposals
- Amberton Court in Gipton
- Burley Willows in Hyde Park
- Fairview in Seacroft
- Manorfield House in Horsforth
- Primrose Hill in Boston Spa
- Musgrave Court in Pudsey
Close the home and transfer residents to other services of their choice already available in the area.
This means that we will consult on the possibility of ceasing to offer local authority residential accommodation in the future at these homes
- Home Lea House in Rothwell
Explore opportunities for developing a business case to transfer the ownership and continued operation of the home to a community interest company.
Commissioners in Adult Social Care are talking to existing social enterprise organisations that have shown an interest in the running of Home Lea House.
- Suffolk Court in Yeadon
Consult on developing a specialist short stay integrated intermediate care unit with access to 24 hour nursing (as is being developed at the former Harry Booth House in Beeston).
This means that in future it would provide short-term support for people who need intermediate care, rather than residential care.
Proposed options for day centres
Executive Board decided on 15 December that consultation takes place on the following proposals
- Burley Willows in Hyde Park
- and Queenswood Drive in Kirkstall
That consultation is undertaken on the option to close these day centres when new developments arise in the locality e.g. Holt Park Active opens in Oct 2013 and will provide a much wider range of services for older people.
- Naburn Court in Whinmoor
That consultation is undertaken on the option to close these day centres. This means that they will cease to offer local authority day care services in the future.
- Doreen Hamilton in Osmondthorpe
That consultation is undertaken on the option to develop the role of the Doreen Hamilton building so that it can play a wider role in the life of its local community or its use as an Early Years Centre can be considered. Part of this proposal would include helping people who currently use the older people’s day centre find alternative daytime support within the local area.