PLANS to shut down a day care centre for elderly people have been abandoned.

The Labour group on City of York Council says closing the Age Concern centre in Ascot Way, Acomb, will not form part of proposals to meet a budget shortfall of more than £4m. The idea had been strongly opposed by Age Concern, which said without the facility many elderly people would lose a vital part of their social life.

The council last week announced that plans to cut the dog warden service had also been dropped after Liberal Democrat MPs launched a campaign to oppose it.

Meanwhile, an expected rise in council tax of 9.5 per cent has been reduced to 7.8 per cent after about £1.5m was discovered in authority coffers.

The cash was found after an overestimate in the number of pupils who need to be funded through York's schools and an underestimate in council tax that would be collected