The Budget was announced on Wednesday (18th March) by the Chancellor George Osborne. A number of announcements were made which will impact disabled and disadvantaged people (for a comprehensive list, please the briefing produced by Disability Rights UK, which Livability is a member of: http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2015/march/budget-2015)
In particular, Livability is pleased to see the Government commit to the following:
Stephen Springer MBE, Lead Service User Involvement Officer said:
‘The Government’s decision to increase investment into various mental health services is very welcome, as this has become an increasingly important area of our work. Similarly, the commitment to making transport more accessible for disabled people is heartening, as this is constantly a key issue for those across our various services. It would have been good to see some mention of increased SEN funding to address the apparent post code lottery that hasdeveloped since the introduction of the Children & Families Act. However given the unfair* impact on disabled people of the “ Austerity” cuts imposed over the past five years there must be concern about the introduction of a welfare cap as this suggests, potentially more cuts to the most vulnerable groups. The quest for £12 billion reduction in unspecified Welfare savings does not bode well.’
*Research by The Centre for Welfare Reform demonstrates that 39% of the cuts imposed in this parliament have been borne by disabled people who make up 8% of the population.