Leeds Care Homes Closure Threat

Leeds Care Homes Closure Threat

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Up To 500 GMB Members Jobs At Risk As Leeds City Council Committee Propose Closure Of Three Care Homes And Day Centres By March 2016

All the officers have done is looked at the proposals that union and staff have put forward and still come up with the same old argument ‘it is cheaper in the private sector’ says GMB.

GMB, the union for staff in the public sector, responded to the decision of Leeds City Council Better Lives Service Review meeting on 14th July 2015 to close three remaining specialist care homes and associated day centres (Middlecross, Siegen Manor and The Green) and Springfield day centre for older people. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release dated 13th November on the then proposals to close these facilities.

This decision follows the Council’s Executive Board approval On 19th November 2014 of a report from Adult Social Care that asked for permission to consult on a number of proposals for directly provided services.

The proposals that were approved were to:

• Commence consultation immediately on the proposed decommissioning of the three remaining specialist care homes and associated day centres (Middlecross, Siegen Manor and The Green) and Springfield day centre for older people. The consultation was to seek views on the proposed decommissioning of these establishments when suitable alternative facilities become available in their vicinity; and

• Commence consultation on the proposal to cease the provision of the in house community support service (long term generic and mental health) with the intention of the service being fully withdrawn by the end of March 2016.

Jon Smith, GMB Regional Officer, said “The outcome of the consultations is that Leeds City Council Better Lives Service Review meeting on 14th July 2015 has now proposed to close three residential homes and day centres.

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 us 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 intentions all along.

As I warned last November these proposals will place 400 to 500 GMB member’s jobs at risk. If they are accepted this would mean the end of Leeds City Council providing in-house residential care.”

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Contact: Jon Smith 07918 905 615 or 01924 8822 55 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

GMB press release dated 13th November 2014

GMB URGE LEEDS CITY COUNCIL TO REJECT PROPOSALS TO END CARE HOMES RUN DIRECTLY BY THE CITY COUNCIL

The last two times Leeds City Council considered shutting these homes it caused nothing but anguish for staff and residents says GMB

GMB, the union for public sector workers, is urging Leeds City Council to reject proposals shut three elderly care homes, Siegen Manor in Morley, Middlecross in Armley and The Green in Seacroft, affecting 69 residents, as well as associated day centres.

The proposals include ending permanent admissions to Knowle Manor in Morley and Spring Gardens in Otley once a suitable alternative has been identified. The future of Home Lea House and Dolphin Manor in Rothwell is also left up in the air.

The proposals are contained in a report called Supply of Specialist Housing for Older People”  drawn up by the Director of Environments & Housing, the Director of City Development and the Director of Adult Social Services. The report will be considered by the Executive Board on 19th November.

Jon Smith, GMB regional officer, said “Overall these proposals will place 400 to 500 GMB member’s jobs at risk. If they are accepted this would mean the end of Leeds City Council provided adult social care.

The last two times Leeds considered shutting these homes this caused nothing but anguish for staff and residents.

It will mean Leeds will have no more local authority residential homes. For a city the size of Leeds to announce that, it’s something I hoped we would never see.

This all comes on the back of a recent commitment from the council of no mass redundancies and no outsourcing. What we are going to end up with is purely private sector provision.”

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