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Over 80 people attend a meeting about proposed closures of Leeds care homes and day centres. Those care homes under threat are Amberton Court in Gipton, Burley Willows in Hyde Park, Fairview in Seacroft, Manorfield House in Horsforth, Primrose Hill in Boston Spa and Musgrave Court in Pudsey.

a Leeds City Socialist Party member

The meeting organised by the GMB union who are opposing the closures and campaigning for all the councils care homes and day centres to receive the funding they require. This follows closures of day centres and care homes as part of the council’s budget cutbacks over the last few years.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Executive Member for Adult Social Care, and Councillor Keith Wakefield,  Leader of Council, were invited to the meeting, but did not attend, chosing instead to take part in council by-election in campaign in Cross Gates and Whinmoor. This was meet with disdain by those attending.

They were left with two senior officer for the council selling Closure of Leeds Care Homes and Day Centres. They received a very heated reception from an angry audience.

During the meeting, we found outabout a resident of the council care home who would not move out, yet after 18 month was force out from their familiar environment. This shows the human side of these attacks, those using care homes and day centres deserve dignity, not being thrown out on the streets by a council which has a duty of care towards them.

Please sign the campaign’s petition online – http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/leeds-city-council-keep-open-burley-willows-day-centre-and-residential-home-for-the-elderly-2