I work for a young people's support foundation in Manchester - we're a charity supporting young homeless people - due to the 'cuts' a lot of our services have lost funding and subsequently had to close resulting in a loss to the support that can be offered to our young people and my colleagues losing their jobs. The impact this has had on our service users is clear and in addition we have had more people presenting as homeless due to the financial implications the 'cuts' have put on low income families.
I am the support worker for a community mental health arts group. For some of the clients, this is the only group event that gets them out of the house every week. Some of the clients have nothing else to look forward to. This week the project comes to an end after 2 years and I have no idea if there will be any funding in the future. This is causing distress to the participants and I am now out of a job. I am presently looking for employment stocking shelves in the knowledge that the participants I have come to know closely will be left with little social contact and no access to a supportive arts outlet.
I work at a homeless families hostel in Leeds which is being closed due to the Supporting People cuts in funding. Supposedly the idea is to keep people in their own homes but I fail to see how that is possible when the majority of those using the hostel are those fleeing either domestic violence or neighbourhood violence. I dread to think what is going to happen to people with such a drastic reduction in emergency accommodation. People will be dependant on floating support" workers & will probably be lucky if they receive more than an hour a week of that. When vulnerable people need so much help with benefit claims & a host of other issues as well as emotional & practical support I fear for the end result of this ill thought policy based on saving money. The end result will probably end up costing the economy far more than it actually saves one way or another."
I run youth projects in Cumbria and our service has been cut by 20% - this has meant that we have had to lose 2 members of staff and close 2 rural youth clubs. This means that 60+ young people are not getting the support they need from qualified youth workers. They are missing out on the opportunity to have the support they need to achieve the best in their teenage years.
If our service users do not receive the support the possibility of them losing there tenancies is high, that means more homeless due to service users not being able to access services or not knowing who to turn to. The cuts are taking us back in time to before the early 80s.when no support was available, 30% children are already living in poverty and this number will increase with the cuts to the benefit system.