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Cuts to Supporting People Budget 'Will Get Worse'

Cuts to Supporting People Budget 'Will Get Worse'

A widely reported study has predicted that cuts to the 'Supporting People' budget, which pays for housing-related support, are likely to continue to get worse. Tory Chancellor George Osborne announced a 12% cut to the SP budget in October's Comprehensive Spending Review, but as the budget will no longer be 'ring fenced' from next year, many Councils are raiding the pot to pay for other essential services. According to today's Observer, Nottinghamshire Council are intending to cut their SP spending by 67% over the next 3 years, whilst Cornwall are planning a 40% cut over 3 years. The National Housing Federation's Chief Executive, David Orr, has said that the government's spending cuts are already having a disproportionate impact on disabled people, and may ultimately pose a threat to independent living.

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