Councillors’ plan to save care home

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Morley’s independent councillors will bid to save a local care home at a debate today.

The group are to raise a formal amendment to the potential closure of Siegen Manor at Leeds City Council’s budget meeting.

The future of the residential home for elderly people is currently under consultation.

Instead, Coun Judith Elliott has proposed raising parking charges to generate enough revenue to keep Siegen Manor open.

“We are amending the proposed budget to prevent Siegen Manor from being closed.Our proposal would see a general increase in parking charges which will raise enough money to prevent the closure of Siegen Manor and two other homes across Leeds.”

Today’s meeting will see a decision made on whether to raise £5billion for adult social care through a two per cent council tax levy.

Morley’s councillors have been in close contact with Siegen Manor residents and their families.

“We have been campaigning for months to prevent Siegen Manor from closing.

“We have found a realistic and affordable alternative to closure which would keep the home open until better extra care accommodation is available in the Morley area,” said Coun Robert Finnigan.

A petition opposing the closure gained 1,200 signatures.

“Our amendment offers a realistic alternative to closure, which will have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of all the residents,” added Coun Elliott.