Have your say in Leeds homes and day centre closure debate

Plans to close Leeds residential homes and day centres for the elderly and vulnerable are out for public consultation.

Protestors were out in force when members of Leeds Executive Board first discussed the proposals.

Councillors are now seeking the public's views in coping with the effect of budget cuts of 18.4 per cent, and an expanding elderly population.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon,Executive Board member with responsibility for adult social care, said: "We have some very difficult decisions to make in adult social care as the number of older people in the city continues to grow and the council's budget is subject to massive cuts by the Government. We have no option but to look at how we deliver our services going forward.

"We also need to make sure that we look after our most vulnerable people with the resources that are available to us. So I would encourage anyone with an interest or concern about how we deliver services for elderly people in the future to take part in this consultation."

Under the council's plans,several of their 19 residential homes could close and some of the 16 day centres are also under threat.

The public consultation will will run until April 2011.

A questionnaire is available on the council's website www.leeds.gov.uk.

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