GMB Hold Public Meeting on 1st May Over Proposed Closure of Leeds Care Homes and Day Centres

29 Apr 2013

GMB will seek on behalf of its members to keep all the council run home and day centres open and properly funded.

GMB, the union for public sector workers, is holding a open meeting for GMB members and the public on Leeds City Council’s 12 week consultation on the proposed closure of 6 of the council’s remaining care homes and 4 council-run day centres.

The meeting is to help the public to respond to the proposal by Leeds City Council, during the 12 week consultation on the proposal to close the homes. See notes to editors for details of the care homes and day centres and for what the council proposes for them.

The open meeting will take place on:-
19.00 (7pm)

GMB will host a ‘Question Time’ session as part of the meeting. Leeds City Council officials and councillors have been invited to take part.

Jon Smith, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB is organising this open meeting to get feedback from the public on the proposals to close these care homes. The whole of Leeds will be affected in some way by these cuts but it is not clear to what extent Leeds residents are aware of the proposal and the impact they will have.

GMB members believe that at least 70% of the care home residents would have to be rehoused in like for like homes in the private sector if the closures take place. GMB believe that it’s the residents that matter most her and the emphasise should be on them and their homes and not on evicting them for the sake of profit driven businesses.

Leeds City Council began the 12 week consultation on 11th March on closing care homes. Consultations are also underway on 4 council-run day centres.
GMB is seeking on behalf of its members to keep all the council run home and day centres open and properly funded. These are dedicated staff and have many years of experience. This will be lost at the stroke of a pen, whilst the residents and service users will be sent packing off to the private sector. 

The 3 homes they closed last year as well as others from previous years remain empty with no known plans to be used for anything else, this is money being sat on that could be reinvested into the homes and day centres. 

The closures are estimated to save £5 million but the year on year cost saving is only £800,000.
We should be investing in public services and not selling them off to the highest bidder with a priority to make money. The people of Leeds have got a very simple choice “care or profit”. GMB want them to tell the council where they stand during the consultation period.”


Notes to Editors:

Leeds City Council: proposed options for residential homes

Executive Board decided on 15 December 2012 hat consultation takes place on the following proposals

· Amberton Court in Gipton
· Burley Willows in Hyde Park
· Fairview in Seacroft
· Manorfield House in Horsforth
· Primrose Hill in Boston Spa
· Musgrave Court in Pudsey

Close the home and transfer residents to other services of their choice already available in the area.

This means that we will consult on the possibility of ceasing to offer local authority residential accommodation in the future at these homes

 Home Lea House in Rothwell
Explore opportunities for developing a business case to transfer the ownership and continued     operation of the home to a community interest company.

Commissioners in Adult Social Care are talking to existing social enterprise organisations that have shown an interest in the running of Home Lea House.

 Suffolk Court in Yeadon
Consult on developing a specialist short stay integrated intermediate care unit with access to 24 hour nursing (as is being developed at the former Harry Booth House in Beeston).

This means that in future it would provide short-term support for people who need intermediate care, rather than residential care.

Proposed options for day centres

Executive Board decided on 15 December that consultation takes place on the following proposals

 Burley Willows in Hyde Park

 and Queenswood Drive in Kirkstall

That consultation is undertaken on the option to close these day centres when new developments arise in the locality e.g.  Holt Park Active opens in Oct 2013 and will provide a much wider range of services for older people.
 Naburn Court in Whinmoor
That consultation is undertaken on the option to close these day centres. This means that they will cease to offer local authority day care services in the future.
 Doreen Hamilton in Osmondthorpe
That consultation is undertaken on the option to develop the role of the Doreen Hamilton building so that it can play a wider role in the life of its local community or its use as an Early Years Centre can be considered. Part of this proposal would include helping people who currently use the older people’s day centre find alternative daytime support within the local area.