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Fears that cuts blow will lead to ‘loss of life’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

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MOVES to cut funding for a valued housing service will lead to a loss of life in South Derbyshire, it has been claimed.

Swadlincote-based charity P3 Housing will lose all of the funding currently provided by Derbyshire County Council if plans to slash housing related support are approved tomorrow.

It will leave a gaping hole in support for people with mental health problems and those who need help with housing, which area manager Liz Price said would have dire consequences.

“The funding is just going to stop, and it’s going to have a significant impact on our services. The ultimate implication is that there will be a great increase in the amount of people who need help, and an added strain to statutory services.

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“Ultimately it will end up with loss of life.

“I am saddened by it. We were hoping the cuts weren’t going to be as severe, and I think it’s very sad, as people will lose their homes.”

P3, which is part of the Derbyshire Directions group of organisations, provides accommodation for people in need, as well as support for people struggling to remain in their homes.

If the cuts are given the nod tomorrow, all financial support for these services will disappear next year, along with funding for other organisations under the umbrella.

Derbyshire Directions is set to lose £820,916, as the council bids to make £9 million savings in the next two years.

P3 has already started work to reduce services, and Mrs Price said something would remain in place when funding was pulled next year. It will be considerably reduced from the current service, she said.

The recommendation put before councillors comes after considerable opposition from the people who use the services. However, the provision of housing related support is not a statutory duty of the council.

In a report to go before the cabinet, councillors are told: “Members are under a duty to consider whether these potential adverse impacts are justifiable and/or whether they should be mitigated and how.”

Doing nothing is not an option, the councillors are told, as the money has to be saved.

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