Charity criticises cuts to ‘Supporting People’
Budget cuts in the care sector by the Government have been criticised by the chief executive of a leading charity which helps learning and disabled people. The Government has announced a cut in its Â£1.8billion Supporting People programme of 2.5 per cent, but charities say that with no annual inflation increase for this year that figure is really 5 per cent – with more cuts being planned in the coming years. Richard Pacey, chief executive of the Pickering-based Wilf Ward Family Trust, said that, while the Government had identified in its White Paper “Valuing People” that learning disabled people were among the most vulnerable groups in the country, it was now making cuts to services which helped them the most. “If the Government was dedicated to making savings I believe they could easily save Â£250million by sorting out the mountain of paperwork the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister makes us fill in,” Mr Pacey said.