Council chiefs in Leeds have pledged to carry out a new and thorough review before consulting on the future of the authority’s remaining specialist residential care and day centres.
Leeds City Council’s executive board have previously supported proposals which included consultation on decommissioning Siegen Manor in Morley, Middlecross in Armley and The Green in Seacroft along with their associated day centres.
The next phase of the Better Lives Strategy would also see permanent admissions to Knowle Manor in Morley and Spring Gardens in Otley end once a suitable alternative had been identified.
Consultation on the strategy was due to begin in January. But following detailed discussions with staff and trade unions, the council has agreed to put the consultation on hold to give more time to gather further information and projections.
Coun Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said: “We understand that this consultation may create a lot of uncertainty for those receiving care, their families and our staff. Whilst we are keen to keep any delay to a minimum, it is imperative that any decisions over the future of important services like these are taken only when all the available facts have been gathered and everyone has been given the chance to have their say.
“I would like once again to assure everyone that no decisions will be made until a detailed consultation has been completed and we will keep all those affected fully informed.”