Call for Sheffield Council to spend £12.5m social care windfall on Hurlfield View

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Liberal Democrat councillors have called for a £12.5 million windfall for adult social care to be used to keep a Sheffield dementia respite centre open.

The Government's spring Budget set aside the extra funds on Wednesday. The city will also get £7.7 million in 2018/19 and £3.8 million in 2019/20 specifically to spend on adult social care.

Campaigners call for the council to save Hurlfield View.

Campaigners call for the council to save Hurlfield View.

Sheffield Lib Dems have urged the city council to use some of that money to save Hurlfield View dementia respite centre from closure. The authority made the decision after the NHS Health and Social Care Trust ended its contract two years early due to funding issues.

Lib Dem shadow cabinet member for health and social welfare Bob Pullin said: "Hurlfield View, is a vital resource not only for those with dementia, but also for their families and exhausted carers.

"Sheffield Council admits that it is at risk of being without enough good quality care places, but hasn't yet ruled out selling off Hurlfield View for development.

"Given the council are to get this extra funding for adult social care, surely Labour must now do the right thing and reinstate Hurlfield View care home for it to continue its excellent track record of caring for dementia patients and provide those much needed extra places for the future."