Sheffield Lib Dems call on Council to keep Hurlfield View Care Home open with Budget's £12.5m Social Care windfall

The Sheffield Liberal Democrats have called on Sheffield's Labour-controlled Council to keep Hurlfield View Care Home open, as Sheffield gets an unexpected extra £12.5m  for Social Care in the next financial year.

Figures published alongside the 2017 Spring Budget show Sheffield City Council is to get £12.5m in 2017-18, £7.7m in 18-19 and £3.8m in 19-20.

The section on "Care Home Fees" in the Council's Cabinet Report to be approved at next Wednesday's cabinet meeting states that Sheffield is at risk of there being insufficient care places of the right quality and price for the people who need them. [2]

The Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed the closure of Hurlfield View care home. In their alternative Council budget, the Liberal Democrats proposed that the Council keep Hurlfield View, which has recently been modernised and refurbished at a cost of £500k to the taxpayer, open.
Cllr. Bob Pullin, Lib Dem shadow cabinet member for Health and Social Welfare, who has recent first-hand experience of dealing with a close family member with dementia, said 

"Hurlfield View, is a vital resource not only for those with dementia, but also for their families and exhausted carers

Sheffield City 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."

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