Kirklees Council consult over cuts to funding for disabled residents
FUNDING for adults with disabilities could be cut.
Around 10,000 Kirklees families or affected organisations have been sent questionnaires asking them what the impact would be if funding was to stop for services such as day care.
But they are being given only two weeks to respond to the planned moves.
Kirklees Council accepts the proposals affect some of the area’s most vulnerable people.
For some families, day care is the only respite they get.
One of those who could be affected is 35-year-old Anthony Booth of Oakes and his parents Jennifer, 52, and Graham, 53.
Anthony was brain damaged at birth and for the last 12 years he has attended the Day Opportunities scheme at the Highfields Centre at Edgerton four days a week.
On Monday he was sent home with a letter which said: “Kirklees Council has been thinking that it will continue to fully meet the needs of those people who are assessed as critical and stop funding those people who are assessed as substantial.”
Anthony’s mum Jennifer said: “I’m hoping everyone will fill in their form regardless of their own needs and help all others in their situation fight it.
“If a library was to close you’d get thousands of signatures against it but only people with disabilities and their families will know about this.
“I worry that the least supported cause is going to get cut, even though many people will not even be told about this.”
She said the impact on her family, including Anthony’s sisters Nichola, 26, and Sarah, 23, would be massive but is second to the loss Anthony would feel.