A senior Leeds politician is taking the battle to save the city’s three remaining council-run care homes to Parliament.
George Mudie, MP for Leeds East, has called a Westminster debate tomorrow in which he will ask Minister for Care and Support Norman Lamb for assurances that the Government is not giving local authorities direction to cut residential care.
Last year Leeds City Council unveiled plans to close its last three specialist care homes and day centres at Middlecross, in Armley, Siegen Manor, in Morley, and The Green at Seacroft.
Mr Mudie is urging Leeds residents to engage with the council’s three-month consultation and send letters of opposition to MPs and councillors.
He said: “This is the last tranche and if we let a council implement this last step we will never get them back and it’s time for the city to stand up and say ‘look that’s the last thing you should cut’.”
The council’s proposed cuts are intended to save £12million over the next four years, and are hoped to enable the authority to provide more services that help people live in their own homes.
The cuts could affect as many as 69 residents and 340 staff.
Mr Mudie said: “I can understand the financial pressures of the council but would expect the council to consider closing homes and council home care as a last resort.
“I’m taking this to Parliament to see if this is a direction from Government.”
A council spokesman said no decisions have yet been made. He added: “The views of all those consulted would be a key part of shaping how any proposals progress.”