Three care homes to close in Leeds


Councillors have approved the closure of three care home in Leeds despite strong opposition.

Middlecross in Armley (pictured), Siegen Manor in Morley and The Green in Seacroft will be shut down, the Yorshire Evening Post reports.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said: “We absolutely recognise that people did not want change in their care circumstances but the role of the executive board has been to balance those needs with the resources available.

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“Those resources have been dramatically reduced with the authority losing over £200m over the past six years due to continuing government cuts.

“These cuts have a very real impact on people’s lives and we have been doing all we can to mitigate that impact and these recommendations contain what we believe will be improvements to the services people across Leeds receive.

“People’s views have very much impacted on the recommendations, which is why we’ve made some changes to the original recommendations.

“Every person involved is guaranteed the same level of care and in a setting that is equal to or better than what they are currently receiving.

“They will have one-to-one staff support in the transition to help them through that.”

Under the plans the Siegen Manor site will be used for extra care housing development and The Green will be potentially used for beds to support the NHS.

The homes are to be closed between November this year and July next year.

The move follows the recent decision to shut down Manorfield House residential home in Horsforth.

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