Two more care centres for elderly facing axe

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COUNCIL chiefs in Leeds are are set to close two more of the city’s care centres for the elderly as part of wide-ranging budget cuts designed to save £4m over the next four years.

Permanent admissions to Knowle Manor in Morley and Spring Gardens in Otley will stop once a suitable alternative has been identified for the existing residents.

The council’s decision-making executive board have previously green-lighted the decommissioning of Siegen Manor in Morley, Middlecross in Armley and The Green in Seacroft along with their associated day centres.

But on Monday night the council also pledged to carry out a “new and thorough review” before consulting on the future of the authority’s remaining facilities. Wide-ranging consultations on the overall programme were due to begin in January but have been put on hold pending talk with staff and trade unions.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said: “We understand that this consultation may create a lot of uncertainly for those receiving care, their families and our staff.”

Coun Ogilvie added: “Whilst we are keen to keep any delay to a minimum, it is imperative that any decisions over the future of important services like these are taken only when all the available facts have been gathered and everyone has been given the chance to have their say.”