Morley care home facing closure

Siegen Manor on Wesley Street could close. (D512B447)
Siegen Manor on Wesley Street could close. (D512B447)
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A residential home in Morley could be shut down as part of a raft of changes to elderly care in Leeds.

Siegen Manor on Wesley Street, which accommodates up to 30 elderly people, is one of three homes at risk of closure should a council consultation process be given the go-ahead on Wednesday.

It is estimated that closing the homes would save the council £4m over the next four years, though the authority has insisted that the savings are necessary in the face of budget cuts.

Executive member for adult social care, Adam Ogilvie, said: “It is important to emphasise that this is the start of a consultation process. No decisions have been made and we need to work together to gather the views of everyone involved before any further steps are taken.

“These are incredibly difficult options to have to consider, but the council’s current financial situation means they are not something that we can shy away from.”

Middlecross in Armley and The Green in Seacroft are also potentially facing the axe, with council chiefs meeting at 1pm in the Civic Hall to discuss the issue.

The developments follow the ongoing state of affairs at another town care home - Knowle Manor - which remains in limbo having been first threatened with closure three years ago.

On that occasion, a campaign to keep it open led by Coun Terry Grayshon resulted in the home being given a temporary reprieve until a replacement was built.

On the subject of Siegen Manor, Coun Grayshon commented: “It really is a terrible state of affairs when the third largest city in the country is looking at closing the last three (council-run) care homes for the elderly left in Leeds.

“I’m not quite sure where the philosophy of the Labour Party sits with, what is in essence, the withdrawal of publically funded care homes for the elderly in Leeds. It is almost the privatisation of care for the elderly in the city, it is a shameful state of affairs, made all the more shameful as it is a socialist council which are planning these closures.

“I think it is appalling, perhaps before looking at the closure of these care homes, the City Council should look at cutting back on some of its Vanity Schemes, those which will bring no real benefit to the city and will cost a fortune to create and maintain.”

Coun Neil Dawson (Labour) said: “The Council believes an independent operator can run newer more modern facilities at 36 per cent lower cost than the Council. We are facing a massive deficit of £46 million in 2015-16, therefore we are looking to provide a more cost efficient delivery of the adult care service.

“I will be campaigning to ensure we have facilities to meet the demand from Morley people and that we have quality residential care facilities in the Morley area. Siegen Manor should not close until these new facilities are available”.