Social services bosses in Leeds will need to find around £47 million in savings over the next three years as budget cuts continue to bite.
That was the figure quoted by the council’s adult social care spokesman as he defended new proposals to close four old people’s homes in a bid to save £4m annually.
Seventy-six OAPs will have to be rehoused if the council’s cabinet rubber stamps the plans next week.
But Coun Adam Ogilvie promised: “We will literally hold their hand through this process.”
The YEP reported earlier this week that Amberton Court, Burley Willows, Fairview and Musgrave Court have been targeted for closure.
The planned closures are part of a raft of measures to overhaul the city’s residential and day care services, a proposal which would affect services for around 200 individual pensioners in total.
Coun Ogilvie said: “The welfare of all our current residents is an absolute priority, and will be throughout this process.
“We understand this could be a very sensitive and very worrying time for residents and their relatives.
“But I want to give the reassurance that we will literally hold their hand through this process. Each individual family member and resident will have a social worker who will guide them through this process.”
He said that in terms of adult social care, it was likely that over the next three years, the city is “going to have to find in the region of £47 million worth of savings” in total.
He added that the care home and day centre proposals were also brought on by a need to meet the needs of an ageing population, people generally living longer, and the council not spending unnecessarily on outdated facilities which “offer excellent care...but are not going to meet the needs of future generations”.