Cuts to affect elderly care in Sheffield

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A night time service which provides care for elderly and vulnerable Sheffield residents is facing the axe due to council budget cuts.

The Night Care Visiting Service could cease from April as part of Sheffield Council plans to slash the adult social care budget by £6million.

Coun Ben Curran, Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance

Coun Ben Curran, Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance

It is just one of a series of cuts announced by city leaders when they set out their budget for 2014-15.
The proposals will be put to cabinet at Sheffield town hall on Wednesday.

Around 600 public sector jobs will also come under threat in the coming year.

While voluntary severance, voluntary early retirement and unfilled vacancies are expected to lessen the number of job losses, the posts lost will impact on residents across the city.

Plans to claw back cash also include the council’s controversial library review, a heavier reliance on the voluntary sector and introducing charges for services.

The council is facing a £58million reduction in Government funding.

The move to end the Night Care Visiting Service has been slammed by the opposition Liberal Democrats.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of the Lib Dem Group on Sheffield Council, said: “Local people will struggle to understand why vital services for the vulnerable and elderly like these are being slashed, when Labour politicians voted to spend £1 million at Park Hill.

He called on the council to cut back on high-paid consultants and collect the £31 million in unpaid council tax to protect services.

“Labour councillors need to look again at the budget choices they’re proposing.”

Coun Ben Curran, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for finance and resources, hit back.

He said: “The Government is continuing with their unfair policy of targeting northern cities like Sheffield.

“We are doing our best to minimise the impact of the cuts but we can’t protect everyone with the massive level of cuts imposed by the government.”