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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Demos: Shocking impact of local cuts on disabled people revealed

Demos: Shocking impact of local cuts on disabled people revealed

When the HHS cuts were highlighted at long last, my thought was - "okay, now the law suits begin and they will prove more costly than the ALEC-proscribed 'cures'"

Well, the UK is a bit ahead of us in all this -- here's what to expect -- -LAW SUITS.  LAW SUITS. LAW SUITS in all kinds of areas no one ever thought would come to pass.


Coping with the Cuts, 2011

Research published by think tank Demos exposes the impact that local budget cuts are having on disabled people and indicates that some councils are making cuts to disabled people’s services without knowledge of the number or needs of people in their area.
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interviewing disabled families and their support
providers in three local authorities we have found that disabled
people often have to cope with the impact of multiple cuts
simultaneously—the people we spoke to were experiencing
increases in service charges, restrictions or reductions in
direct payments, and service closures all at the same time. The
cumulative effect on disabled families is that even cuts and
changes that seem evenly spread across services can converge
on individual families and have a disproportionately negative
effect. This is rarely taken into account in (local or national)
spending strategies and again underlines the importance of
robust impact assessments based on ‘real’ data from those
using services.

It is worth remembering that the successful legal
challenge to changes to care eligibility and cuts in
Birmingham were based on a lack of consultation with local
service users and an insufficient impact assessment.
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The
presiding judge said, ‘even in… straitened times the need
for clear, well-informed decision making when assessing the
impacts on less advantaged members of society is as great, if
not greater’.
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A more recent legal challenge by the National
Deaf Children’s Society against Stoke on Trent City Council
is also based on the lack of a proper impact assessment of the
cuts to deaf children’s services,
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while at the time of writing,
the Isle of Wight was awaiting a High Court decision as to
whether a full judicial review should be undertaken regarding
its decision to increase care eligibility.
139
A Community Care survey suggests, in fact, that legal
challenges to local authority care policies have increased by
45 per cent this year.
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Nonetheless, we did not carry out this analysis of local data
and mapping to name and shame local authorities or to fight the
budgetary cuts being made; instead we wanted to demonstrate
that a budgetary reduction need not inevitably lead to frontline cuts,
higher charges or poorer quality services. There are
ways—some innovative, some everyday and common-sense—to
mitigate the impact of the cuts on the front line and protect
disabled people from a reduction or restriction of services.


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