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Worst effects of austerity yet to be felt, disability advice charity warns

by admin | 19th March 2013

Worst effects of austerity yet to be felt, disability advice charity warns

2013 looks like being a historic year for disabled people – but for the wrong reasons, says the Disability Law Service.

“Austerity is already hurting the most vulnerable, but in truth the greatest impact is yet to be felt,” says

Aydin Djemal the charity’s director. Local authority cuts will start to kick in after April, hitting social care services and charities that support disabled people. Legal aid funding will be drastically cut back. “We expect to hear more and more cases of disabled people having their basic dignity taken away from them,” says Djemal.

Disability Law Service advises on a range of issues: perhaps a severely disabled person who has had their social care support package reduced from 24-hour care to four hours; or parents who face having their children taken into care by the authorities because they cannot fund the care needed to keep them at home.

Disability Law Service, which is run by disabled people, has had a tough year itself financially, losing council grants and other sources of funding.

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