Three Leeds older people’s homes and four day centres face the axe

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An older people’s care home in Morley is set to close as part of a bid for cash-strapped council bosses to save £2m.

Siegen Manor in Wesley Street, Morley, along with Middlecross in Armley and The Green in Seacroft – which all have attached day centres – are in line for closure.

The trio of facilities currently house 61 residents who will all be found alternative accommodation.

Also facing closure are Springfield day centre in Beeston, Radcliffe Lane in Pudsey and two specialist centres for older people from ethnic minority communities – the Apna centre in Woodhouse and Frederick Hurdle, Chapeltown.

Up to 169 staff could lose their current jobs, although many could move over into new roles or be offered early retirement.

The raft of closures is part of the second phase of a wide ranging overhaul of Leeds’s adult care services which started in September 2013 with the aim of slashing £4m from the city’s annual adult care bill.

Council bosses say a need to update outdated and under-used facilities, as well as the continuing impact of wide-ranging Government funding cuts, necessitates the admittedly “gloomy” and “unfortunate” decision.

A consultation with service users and their families is to be launched in the coming days and the centres could close by summer next year. Talks have already been held with staff and trade unions to minimise job losses.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for health and adult social care, said: “Sadly we are back where we were (after the first raft of closures) because we are in no better a position financially with continuing Government cuts.

“The proposal is to close these services which are no longer sustainable with the Government grant cuts we have received and also because we see a change in expectations from the public.

“There is no option to carry on as we were unfortunately.”

She stressed department bosses have spent several months working with staff and trade unions on preventing the closures.

“Unfortunately after an extensive review, it is not possible to make the savings we need and provide the services in house,” she said.

“We don’t in any way underestimate how stressful it can be for those people and their families.

“We have, sadly, got experience in closing care homes previously.

“So staff are well trained in supporting people to go through this process. And we will do everything we can to make it as stress-free as possible.”

All the residential care home clients who move will be rehoused in new, specialist accommodation tailored to their needs before any closures.