Westminster Council cuts funding for front-line advice services to the most vulnerable by £93,000
Days after overspending by almost £2 million on the revamping of Leicester Square, Westminster Council has announced a £93,000 cut in its spending on front-line advice services for the most vulnerable people in Westminster – children, older people and the disabled.
In a report to the Cabinet Member for Community Services the Council is proposing to cut the annual budget from £935,511 to “no more than £830,000”
The Council’s current advice services cover a range of advice areas, such as:
- welfare and benefits
- employment (as distinct from employability advice)
The largest contract is with the Westminster Citizens Advice Bureau and there are a number of specific contracts for people with special needs such as older people or those with disabilities.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group; said;
“It is entirely typical of Westminster Conservatives to make further cuts to front-line services to the most vulnerable while, at the same time, casually signing off a £2 million overspend on the revamping of Leicester Square. The Government’s cuts are already have a dire impact on the poorest people in Westminster, many of whom have little access to good quality advice on how to get through the recession. Cutting front line advice services by 10% will make life even harder for so many people and push those with financial difficulties into the clutches of legal and illegal loan sharks who are making millions of peoples’ current misery”