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Thursday, November 13, 2014

GMB Urge Leeds City Council To Reject Proposals To End Care Homes Run Directly By The City Council

The last two times Leeds City Council considered shutting these homes it caused nothing but anguish for staff and residents says GMB

GMB, the union for public sector workers, is urging Leeds City Council to reject proposals shut three elderly care homes, Siegen Manor in Morley, Middlecross in Armley and The Green in Seacroft, affecting 69 residents, as well as associated day centres.

The proposals include ending permanent admissions to Knowle Manor in Morley and Spring Gardens in Otley once a suitable alternative has been identified. The future of Home Lea House and Dolphin Manor in Rothwell is also left up in the air.

The proposals are contained in a report called Supply of Specialist Housing for Older People”  drawn up by the Director of Environments & Housing, the Director of City Development and the Director of Adult Social Services. The report will be considered by the Executive Board on 19th November. See report attached as pdf at the foot of this release.

Jon Smith, GMB regional officer, said “Overall these proposals will place 400 to 500 GMB member’s jobs at risk. If they are accepted this would mean the end of Leeds City Council provided adult social care,

The last two times Leeds considered shutting these homes this caused nothing but anguish for staff and residents.

It will mean Leeds will have no more local authority residential homes. For a city the size of Leeds to announce that, it’s something I hoped we would never see.

This all comes on the back of a recent commitment from the council of no mass redundancies and no outsourcing. What we are going to end up with is purely private sector provision.”

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Contact Jon Smith 07918 905 615 or 01924 8822 55 or GMB press office 07921 289880

 

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Additional Resources

Specialist Housing for Older People Cover Report

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Specialist Housing for Older People Cover Report 101114.pdf