Q: I have heard that York is to close more of the Council's elderly person's homes, is this true especially at a time when York has higher than the national average of beds blocked in hospital? Mary Mason, York

A: We have no current plans for closing any elderly person's homes, not least for the reason you highlight.

We recognise that the elderly population of York is increasing.

We know from our research that the vast majority of elderly people want to stay in their own homes and we are putting in place a range of additional support to
help people do just that.

We are however looking at changes to elderly person's homes to ensure we provide the specialist care, and living environment, appropriate to the 21st century.