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Cuts in Haringey put vulnerable adults at risk

A report published on 9 May by members of the Haringey Learning Disabilities Partnership Board (HLDPB) reveals the impact of cuts in funding to local services that vulnerable disabled adults depend on - such as support workers, social clubs, day centres, supported housing and residential homes.

Members of the HLDPB representing service users, carers and voluntary sector organisations have carried out a local survey in Haringey to ask people’s experience of and views about cuts to services. Just under 200 responses were received from adults with Learning Disabilities (LD), their family carers, and staff who deliver LD services. The report of the survey findings reveals the depth of concern and distress about cuts that have already happened and threatened future cuts, including:

  • Reductions in support staff hours
  • Deteriorating day and respite provision
  • Cuts in transport (to day centres, clubs and activities)
  • Cuts in the pay of support staff – leading to higher staff turnover and a lower quality service

Carer and Partnership Board member, Mary Langan said:

“People with Learning Disabilities and their family carers are among the most vulnerable in our community, whose voice is rarely heard. This survey report shows how strongly we feel about these highly valued and much needed services.

Vital support services for vulnerable people must be maintained and improved. It is a false economy to cut the services that enable disabled people to have an ‘ordinary life’ and be included in society, as it means they will become more isolated, their health will worsen, and family carers will not be able to cope.

We call on the decision makers in Haringey Council and in the Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group to read this report and take heed of its key messages. And we are asking all candidates in the forthcoming local Council elections to make a pledge to protect services for vulnerable people."

For further information contact Sarah Miller: 0203 667 5225 or Mary Langan 020 8348 3904.

The full report is available here: