Friday, 1 April 2011

An extra chance for the public to have their say on the transformation of adult social care services in Leeds

People in Leeds are being given an extra chance to have their say and make comments on proposals to change the way that adult social care services are delivered in the city.

An additional full-day public drop-in event has been organised to take place at Kirkgate Market on Tuesday, 5 April,

Three public drop-in consultation events have already taken place in Otley, Pudsey, and Leeds city centre. Their aim is to get people’s views about the future of adult social care services, and give them the opportunity to comment about two specific service changes. The first is about changes to council-run residential care homes and day centres for older people, which will provide improved and more flexible services in the future. The second relates to changes being considered to the charges for services people receive to support them to live at home.

The council want to engage with as many people as possible to help them shape how services will look in the future, and are keen to get as many people as possible to come along to the remaining roadshow events. Members of the public will be able to talk directly to officers about the proposals, and give their views. This will include the opportunity to complete questionnaires if people wish.

The remaining events are open to all and will take place as follows:
5 April, 9am to 4pm, Kirkgate Market (stall 91), Leeds
7 April, 9am to 4pm, Wetherby Market

In addition to these events, which are aimed at the general public, we are also consulting with the people directly affected by the changes we are looking at within residential and day care, and the review of our charges.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member with responsibility for adult health and social care said:
“We are facing huge financial challenges together with an ever increasing demand for our services, which means that we have to make changes to what we do and how we do it. However, we are committed to doing this in full consultation with as many people as we can.

“We have already got the views of many people through the consultation events that have already taken place, but are keen to engage with even more, which is why two additional dates have been arranged.

“We are committed to modernising and improving our services, which will deliver better results for the people that need them in the future. We will manage changes very carefully to make sure that those affected are kept informed throughout.”

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Additional info

The questionnaire and a fact sheet on the proposals for residential and daycare services for the elderly can also be found on the consultation section of the council’s website (www.leeds.gov.uk), which is open for anyone to complete. It is also available at all one-stop centres. If you would like a paper copy, please contact Diane Lillevik on Leeds 247 8595. There is a freepost address for returns.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk