Leeds day centre decision is deferred

A decision over controversial plans to close a mental health crisis centre and two day centres in Leeds has been postponed.

Councillors were due to discuss the proposals for re-organising mental health services at Leeds City Council's Executive Board meeting today.

But the issue has now been deferred until February after it was decided more talks were needed.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member for adult social care, said: "We have to find a way of providing services to meet the needs of vulnerable people in Leeds in the best and most financially viable way possible.

"We are determined to do this in a way that gives the people of Leeds a voice in our decision making. It is clear that more discussion needs to take place."

Users of one of the under-threat centres, the Vale in Hunslet, had already hit out at the plans saying the centre was their "lifeline".

There had also been concerns over the proposed closure of a Crisis Centre in Headingley.

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