Axe falls on respite care

Services protected? 'You don't get more frontline than Rushey Meadows'.

Services protected? 'You don't get more frontline than Rushey Meadows'.

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ONE of three homes providing respite care for children with severe learning difficulties is set to be axed as part of Sheffield Council’s budget cuts, The Star can reveal.

Rushey Meadows, on Bannerdale Road, Carter Knowle, is used by 30 children aged between seven and 17, seven of whom can be accommodated at any time.

The centre’s 30 staff are now facing redundancy.

Sheffield Council’s ruling Lib Dems confirmed the closure is included in their budget plans, full details of which will be revealed next week, and said alternative places will be available at the two other sites in the city.

But one worker said: “The other homes are reaching capacity. Nobody is happy about these plans - the council said it would not cut frontline services.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “The council has less funding over the next year and we are looking closely at where that funding should be targeted to make the most of services for Sheffielders based on key priorities.”

For full story see The Star this weekend.

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