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Campaign for a Fair Society

Monday, February 14, 2011

 

New Prospects is supporting the Campaign for a Fair Society.  In the government's comprehensive spending review, announced on October 20 last year, Chancellor George Osborne insisted that those with the "broadest shoulders should bear the greatest burden." In fact, the government is implementing cuts that will impact on some of the most vulnerable people in society, including people with learning disabilities and disabled children. Cuts include:

 

  • Reductions in local authority budgets of up to 25%, which lead to similar reductions in funding to all local authority funded care and support services.

 

  • The closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) and the loss of funding, which will affect 21,000 of the most severely disabled people in the country, and may prevent many from continuing to live independently in the community.

 

  • Changes to Support for Mortgage Interest benefit effectively rule out shared home ownership for disabled people.

 

  • A threat to the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people in residential care, which helps meet some of the cost of things such as electric wheelchairs, mobility aids and taxis where there is no accessible public transport. Without it many people could be isolated at home.

 

The campaign argues that cuts to benefits and services are counter-productive and unfair

 

  • Counter-productive, because there is evidence that, when people have the support to lead fulfilling lives, their needs become less severe and the cost of supporting them actually reduces over time.

 

  • Unfair, because they will prevent disabled people enjoying many of the things most of us take for granted: our own home, loving relationships, work, an income.

 

The campaign is not just about protest, but also about making a positive contribution. It proposes seven principles to guide decisions about policy and funding, and seeks to engage policy makers in dialogue. New Prospects supports this position.   To join The Campaign For A Fair Society, and find out more about the principles it promotes, visit www.campaignforafairsociety.com

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