My project which support 8 service users has had its funding stopped. This means that they will have no support after 30th March. This was a unique project which gave them independence and the ability to live in the community. There is very little scope for my tenants to move on as rented accommodation is very expensive and there are very few which keeps the rents high. I feel that this is very short sighted as when they were in other types of supporting housing there were 9 staff for 20 service user and I supported 8 by myself.
We support small community and voluntary sector organisations working on health in disadvantaged communities. We are facing cuts ourselves (25%) and most, if not all of the organisations in our network are facing cuts up to and including 100%. This will result in paying off staff, many of whom are local people with few other job opportunities, loss of services to support making life more healthy. This will inevitably land on the doorstep of the statutory sector agencies in terms of increased ill health and breakdown in social support, increased crime and reduced quality of community life and facilities. I fail to see how making such a substantial percentage of the working population unemployed will enhance our economy.
Repeated cuts to already slimmed down public sector services have meant vital jobs supporting the education and welfare of ghettoised minority groups have been lost. Friends and family doing invaluable work supporting with vulnerable children have lost their jobs or been re-deployed to more generalised and less effective roles.
Ann Christin's Story
Clients with serious and enduring mental health problems potentially could become homeless. These are the people who were moved from the old mental institutions into the community when the Care in the Community Act came into play. Unfortunately these are the people the public and un-informed papers are so frightened of. and if funding is withdrawn no monitoring will take place - accidents and worse will possibly result.
Valuable pre-school children services are being cut. A child's education starts from a baby. Without these services the educational ability of school age children will be reduced. This is a short-sighted and regressive step, which will cost more in the long run as money will have to be spent on helping school children catch up due to their poor educational start. It is also a divisive step as now only the babies of those of us who can afford private baby classes will get this educational start, increasing the social financial divide even more. What a huge shame!