Kirklees Council will be reviewing its Supported Living services for those with learning disabilities and plans to withdraw from one site, with the changes anticipated to make the local authority a £452k saving over the coming years.
A report to next Tuesday’s cabinet meeting considers three Supported Living services in Kirklees – Brighton Court at Heckmondwike, The Mews at Mirfield and Wilton Terrace at Cleckheaton. The council currently provides care at each of these facilities but the buildings are owned by other organisations.
However, this could soon be changing as the council plans to withdraw from The Mews as ‘phase one’ of its plans as the building lease has ended and the landlord reportedly no longer wishes to lease the site to the council. This will see existing tenants reassessed and re-accommodated into other accommodation.
Councillors will also discuss a proposal to start consultation on the redesign of the service offer at Brighton Court, Heckmondwike and Wilton Terrace, Cleckheaton. Should these proposals be approved, the council would focus on providing care for people with more complex learning disability needs from these buildings in future years.
The report also states that thirty-seven members of staff are employed across the three sites and that some could be deployed to sites further from their homes as a result of the plans.
Councillor Jackie Ramsay, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said: “There is growing demand for services for people with a learning disability so we need to look at how tenants with learning disabilities can access the housing and care they need in settings that meet their needs.
“By changing the way these services are used, we hope to be able to support people who currently cannot access a local service. We would fully support tenants and their families for a safe transition to accommodation that allows them to continue being independent and live well.”
Talks with service users, staff and trade unions are underway about the consultation process and proposed changes along with what impact they will have. Following completion of the consultation process, a report will be presented to cabinet in January 2024 for a final decision.