SHEFFIELD Council is being urged to bid for a share of £50 million in government funding which, it is claimed, could rescue two dementia care centres facing the axe.
The futures of Norbury, in Norwood, and Bole Hill View in Crookes are in doubt after councillors agreed to consult on their closure.
A third home, Hurlfield View in Gleadless Common, will remain open under the proposals, with services transferred there from Norbury.
Twenty jobs will be put at risk in the new structure, which the council says will save £835,000.
But opposition Liberal Democrat councillors have called on the authority to bid for part of the £50m fund, announced as part of a national initiative to improve the lives of dementia sufferers.
Coun Rob Frost, member for Crookes, who has been campaigning to keep Bole Hill View open, said: “I’m delighted the Government has made this funding available for dementia care.
“Dementia blights thousands of lives across the country and I’m pleased the Government have shown their commitment to helping those who are suffering.
“In Sheffield, Labour councillors talk about a ‘dementia -friendly city’ but claim they need to close two care centres.
“I hope they swallow their pride and bid for this money.”
But Coun Mary Lea, cabinet member for health, care and independent living, said it is unlikely the money could be used to prevent the closure of Norbury or Bole Hill View.
She said: “In our review of dementia services, people told us they wanted to stay at home and live well in the community, and that’s where we need to focus efforts.
“We want people with dementia to be supported to live an active, independent, fulfilled life at home for longer, and our new approach will allow this by giving people with dementia greater choice in how they access support.”