Care home jobs could be under threat

Siegen Manor on Wesley Street.
Siegen Manor on Wesley Street.

Jobs at a Morley care home could be at risk as Leeds City Council considers closures.

Public sector union GMB warned that up to 500 of its members’ jobs could be under threat following a council Better Lives Service Review meeting when the closure of Siegen Manor care home in Wesley Street, as well as three other facilities, was considered.

GMB Regional Officer Jon Smith said: “GMB had an agreement from the local councillors that before any decision was made they would instruct the officers to come up with a viable ‘in house’ provision. Having received the report on the consultation all they have done is looked at the proposals that the union and staff have put forward and still come up with the same old argument ‘it is cheaper in the private sector’.

“The officers have clearly done nothing to keep an in-house provision as was their intention all along.”

Coun Lisa Mulherin, executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said: “The wellbeing of our residents is and always will be our highest priority and whatever happens in future, no-one will receive a lower level of care and support than they do now.

“These are incredibly difficult decisions to have to make, but as a result of reductions in funding from central government, we have reached a point where we have no option but to look at different ways of delivering services in order to meet the unprecedented budgetary pressures and challenges we are facing.”

She said no decision had been made and the council would try to avoid job losses and keep residents informed.