MP fights to save Leeds care home

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Residents of threatened Knowle Manor in Morley have been visited by Leeds MP Ed Balls as the campaign to save the care home continues.

The home is on a shortlist of six residential care homes and three day centres for elderly people which Leeds City Council is proposing should close.

Ed Balls, who was joined by Morley councillors Neil Dawson and Louise Bentley, met resident Tony Moorhouse and signed a petition calling for the home to be saved.

He has also written to Leeds City Council supporting the bid to save the home.

The petition, started by Mr Moorhouse, has so far collected more than 400 signatures.

Mr Balls, who is MP for Morley and Outwood, also met Knowle Manor resident Claris Parry and her daughter Mellisa.

He said: “Leeds City Council is in a very difficult position, being forced by the Government to make cuts that are going too far and too fast.

“These are the largest cuts in the council’s history, £90 million this year alone.

“However, Knowle Manor is a really excellent facility for elderly people in Morley, and the residents are very happy living there.

“I’m backing the campaign to keep Knowle Manor open, and I hope that the council will listen to the concerns of residents.”

Coun Neil Dawson said: “I have been lobbying the council to retain this excellent care home since I was elected, and I will continue to do so. Leeds needs to spend more on adult care, and Knowle Manor deserves to stay open.”

Faced with major financial challenges and the need to change its services to meet modern needs, the council carried out a review of its 19 residential care homes and 16 day centres for older people.

Following that initial review, council officers drew up a list of homes and centres for possible closure.

Along with Knowle Manor, the other homes on the proposed closure list are Grange Court, Garforth; Kirkland House, Yeadon; Dolphin Manor, Rothwell; Westholme, Wortley and Spring Gardens, Otley.

The day centres included are Firthfields, Garforth; Lincolnfields, Burmantofts and Rose Farm, Rothwell.

Consultation with residents, their families and staff will continue over the summer before a final decision is taken in the autumn.

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