CHARITY Mencap are lobbying over proposed changes to the funding of adult social care in Kirklees.
Chief executive Jill Robson said they were helping people as much as they could to respond to the consultation, which ends on Wednesday.
Mencap in Kirklees is a charity which offers advice, day care and community support for people with a learning disability.
Asked whether the council cuts would lead to more people accessing charity services, Jill replied: “A lot of our services are funded by the local authority and we provide them to those who need them. If people, under the new rules, become ineligible for the services, it could affect us as a charity quite badly.
“But a lot of the services provided by Kirklees Council are quite expensive to run, it could be we meet with them and look at how to offer it.”
She said she hoped people would take part in a day of action on February 1. Organised by the Learning Disabilities Coalition, it’s part of their Protect the Front Line campaign to make sure that the Government provides enough money so that people with a learning disability have the same choices and chances as everyone else.
Linda Bates, chair of the South Kirklees Day Services Association, said she’d received a lot of calls and emails from concerned parents.
“There are major concerns. It’s worrying for people because no one knows exactly how deep the cuts are going to go.”
She said that for parents who work it could affect careers if access and funding to day services is lost, having a major impact on family life.