A Cornish charity has attacked the local authority for slashing £12m from services it provides to disabled and vulnerable people.
Disability Cornwall said the cuts made by Cornwall Council to Adult Care, Health & Wellbeing (ACHW) services could devastate the lives of disabled people, their families and carers.
Steve Paget, chair of the charity which campaigns on behalf of disabled people, said:
“You cannot possibly remove £12m from an allocated budget over the next year, on top of cuts already made to services in previous years, for it not to have a serious impact to the quality of life for thousands of residents in Cornwall who need care and support.
“Our elected councillors, while in some cases acknowledging the difficulties faced by many, have still largely supported the policies of the coalition government which has no electoral mandate to cut and privatise public services.
“Neither the Conservatives nor the Liberal Democrats had these policies in their manifestos. Therefore, nobody voted for the misery and despair being experienced by many who are at the receiving end of savage cuts to services.’’
Mr Paget said the budget cuts come on top of a barrage of so-called welfare reforms that have deliberately targeted disabled people in the most unfair way.
“ Two thirds of the people affected by the ‘Bedroom Tax’ are disabled people and, along with the migration of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which has directly affected the ability of many disabled people to live independently. These are just two policies among the plethora of welfare reform policies which are discriminating against disabled people.’’
He said vulnerable people are now at risk and that risk will undoubtedly increase as time passes.