GMB Demo On 4th September Over Closure of 6 Leeds Council Run Care Homes and 4 Day Centres

28 Aug 2013

GMB will seek on behalf of its members to keep all the council run home and day centres open and properly funded says GMB.

GMB, the union for care workers will hold a demonstration outside the meeting of the Executive Board of Leeds City Council when it meets on Wednesday 4th September 2013 to make the final decision on the proposed closure of 6 care homes and 4 day centres. The publication of the report following Leeds City Council’s 12 week consultation on the proposed closure of 6 of the council’s remaining care homes and 4 council-run day centres has confirmed the closures will go ahead.

The demo will take place at:
11.30am on
Wednesday 4th September 2013
Leeds Civic Hall
Calverley St, Leeds
West Yorkshire

Jon Smith, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB believes that the decision to close has already been made as demonstrated by the comments made to the local media by the Councillor with responsibility for Adult Social Care in Leeds.  GMB is asking its members and the public not to be fooled by the latest comments from Leeds stating that Manorfield House and Primrose House will be spared from closure. The report states they will remain open until there are no longer required by existing residents or alternative care provision becomes available within the ward and no new admissions will be made to either home.

The other homes and day centres are recommended in the report to close once residents have been moved out.  This is a devastating blow not only for GMB members but for the residents of Leeds. They say you can judge society on how it treats its most vulnerable. Well we now have the answer on how Leeds treats it elderly. By selling them out to the highest bidder.

It is a disgrace for the report to suggest that two care homes, Manorfield and Primrose, will remain open when they will in fact be closed to new admissions. This is the same as closing them now. It is also dressing it up as keeping the service in place when it is really a blanket ban on any elderly person in these areas receiving the care they need in the area they require it”.


Contact: Jon Smith GMB Organiser on 07918 905615 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755.