MP steps in to halt Leeds care home closures

Posted on 10 August 2011

An MP has called for Leeds City Council to put a stop to care home closures in the region.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West Greg Mulholland accused the local authority of failing to be honest with local residents, calling on council leader Keith Wakefield to launch a full investigation to get to the truth.

He told the newspaper: "The council had no intention of carrying out a real consultation and residents and their families will be disgusted to have been misled in this way.

"This information raises serious questions about the integrity of this whole process and these questions must be answered."

These claims have been refuted by councillor Lucinda Yeadon, who claims that no decision had been taken about the future of day care centres and that the decision will still be based on a public consultation.

Many families will find choosing a care home for their loved one difficult in the economic downturn, with financial pressures set to make paying for care all the more difficult.

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that life expectancy continues to rise, placing further pressure on Britain's workforce to consider their long term care plans.

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