As you may have heard in the news, due to the period of austerity we are currently in, drastic cuts are being proposed to Supporting People funding, which funds the support that organisations such as St Basils provide.
We understand the difficult decisions that have to be made, but, the level of cuts proposed would have a devastating and disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable, including homeless young people, those experiencing domestic violence, people with mental health issues, people with learning disabilities and people with physical and sensory disabilities.
We need to ask ourselves what is our ‘social’ not just our financial bottom line?
Is caring at the heart of our culture?
Since we launched this petition in January there have been reports in the media that the proposed £10 million worth of cuts over 2 years to the Supporting People fund will be reduced to £5 million.
Jean Templeton, Chief Executive of St Basils has this response:
"We welcome the fact that the Council have listened and reduced the cuts to Supporting People. However, £5million still means potential loss of 450 bed spaces for people at risk of homelessness and the likelihood that over 2000 vulnerable people will not receive essential help to keep them in a home. To make any cut now will just push any short term savings into other costs and increase homelessness".
Therefore, our campaign goes on and you can help!
If you feel strongly that these cuts should not disproportionately affect the most vulnerable people in our society then please sign our petition on change.org:
This petition will be open until the final decision is made on Tuesday 28th February. Thank you for your support.