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Disability charity attacks Cornwall Council budget cuts

By CG_Oscar  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

Disability Cornwall says the cuts could have a devastating affect

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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.

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  • cornishandy  |  March 01 2014, 4:58PM

    Disability Cornwall gets almost half a million pounds in public money. £300,000 of that comes from Cornwall Council. That's quite a good income for an organisation with only 400 members

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  • break  |  March 01 2014, 3:13PM

    When this new unitary authority was forced upon us, we were told it would make us savings over the previous scheme, but the main way it seems to have made savings is by making it easier to cut services in and around Cornwall. Cornwall Council does whatever its told by those in power, it makes no protest and voices no objections about the wellbeing of the Cornish people as it should. Some wondered at how this council would fare, it being created in such an un-democractic way, now we can all see. It wasn't created to make our lifes better, it was created to enable cutbacks to be made easier. Why does CC continue to spend money it gains from cuts to our services, on projects which only prove gain to an couple of people,just who is CC serving? This new unitary Cornwall Council and the Cornish language things were created on the pretext of satisfying those of us that wanted an more independant Cornwall, they seem to think that promoting the Cornish language more will make up for our councils inability to prove themselves independant from London.

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  • KeithSutton  |  March 01 2014, 8:54AM

    they needed to make cuts to enable them to purchase brand new transport for their highways arm "cormac"

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  • Trurolady  |  March 01 2014, 8:29AM

    Today Cornwall Council invite care providers to bid on line for care packages.Our vulnerable and needy older and disabled are going on line to the cheapest bidder. Ebay for people and no one seems to be in the slightest bit interested or maybe no one really knows what happens in the dark chambers of County Hall. Would you like your mum or dad up for auction to the cheapest bidder ???????

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  • Jonny2010  |  March 01 2014, 12:31AM

    I love the way someone brings up the Cornish Language. Why? Because this English "news" outlet likes to imply that it is a waste of money. The Cornish language is coming back in style.

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  • Jonny2010  |  March 01 2014, 12:29AM

    Spot on. Cornwall Council spends literally millions every month on services and staff east of the tamar. If they actually cared about Cornwall and its people, then they would source goods and services (and staff!) from within Cornwall. But we can't have that can we? I know of one contract awarded to a company in London (~£100k per annum) for them to travel down to Cornwall to deliver training. Previously this training was done by staff within Cornwall!!! You couldn't make it up! And we wonder why Cornwall needs all the EU development money? Because it keeps going OUT of Cornwall. :S

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  • D-Head  |  February 28 2014, 8:48PM

    It seems to be the modus operandi of Cornwall Council to charge more while providing less. And as always it's the vulnerable who get hit hardest while the wealthy just go on getting their planning applications passed whatever the environmental damage. But the wider picture is the ConDem government that is still giving big bonuses to fat bankers and still allowing the tax havens and tax avoidance culture to flourish. Far easier to hit the vulnerable.

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  • Trecurnow  |  February 28 2014, 8:25PM

    Always hit the most vunerable! That way the bankers and others who brought the economy to its knees can increase their share instead of being made to pay for the damage they have done. Cornwall Council waste millions on consultants who give them the wrong advice. If the officers can't do the job they shouldn't be there.

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  • josdave  |  February 28 2014, 8:05PM

    Not only morally bankrupt it does not have proper sense of priorities. How can they in a time of austerity propose spending £3million promoting the Cornish language, millions more propping up private enterprises like Eden and the airport etc while at the same time cutting essential services?

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  • didifonstone  |  February 28 2014, 7:37PM

    Why has Cornwall County Council cut £12 million which, to quote from your article could 'devastate the lives of disabled people, their families and carers', while at the same time spending £20 million on building wind turbines on its County Council farms? It appears that Cornwall Council is morally bankrupt.

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