Tuesday 26 February, 6pm
Croydon Town Hall
On 25 February Croydon Council will agree their budget for 2013-2014 which will include cuts across services for disabled and older residents adding up to£10 million coming at a time when disabled people are already being impoverished and left without essential income and support through national cuts to benefits and entitlements.
The detailed budget setting recommendations from Cabinet on 10th December (attached) contain much that was left out of the flimsy online consultation and much that is worrying including efficiency savings (read ‘cuts’) to an already over stretched voluntary sector and more effective use (read ‘reductions’) to care packages when disabled residents are already being told if they can’t cope on the support they currently get they will have to go into residential care.
We are very concerned that on top of year on year reductions by Croydon, and the huge central government cuts to disability-related benefits and entitlements, these cuts represent a further attack on the quality of life of disabled people. The cuts are adding injury to injury, and mean yet more pain for disabled people in Croydon.