Apr 072011
ITV Chris Choi

ITV Chris Choi

Report on ITV news  – by Chris Choi Britain living under the cuts

Watch http://www.itv.com/news/thecuts/your-story/

We want to hear how cuts to public services are affecting you or your family. You can tell us by emailing yourstory@itv.com.

Disabled hit by cuts

The pain of the cuts the government says are necessary to keep us solvent are being felt by people across the country.

And ITV News has learnt how disabled people are paying an especially high price.

A report published tomorrow shows that the fees councils charge for care in England have shot up:

Hourly rates have increased by as much as 78%.

Half of local authorites have removed caps to the maximum amount they can charge for homecare.

And 80% of councils say they will no longer support disabled people with with moderate needs.

Please feed your stories to a database at the Guardian too –

We are seeking to establish a team of volunteer “cuts-watchers” who will collect information on how services are being hit in a particular area or sector. We hope they will help us to build and curate a database of how the cuts are biting across the country, which will be searchable by the public and inform Guardian coverage of the spending squeeze.

Ideally, cuts-watchers will have an interest in social affairs and public services and be willing to do some research on the extent of the cuts in their area, but if you’d just like to tell us about the closure of your local swimming pool or youth club, we’d like to hear from you, too.

If you’re interested in getting involved please email us at cutswatch@guardian.co.uk. In your mail please tell us if you have any area of expertise, which part of the country you are in, and how much time, on a monthly basis, you’d be willing to devote to helping us with this project. If you have written or blogged on any related subjects, please do send us links. We’ll get back to you soon.