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Monthly archives for April, 2015

Election 2015: Isolation and Loneliness

Posted on 29th April 2015 by

With the election only 7 days away, Peter Kyle, Labour candidate for Hove & Portslade attended our Befriending Coalition meeting this morning to hear from befriending organisations in the City on issues that affect our service users. This is a summary of questions and issues that we raised with him:

B&H Impetus asked: Brighton & Hove City Council has had to make £24m cuts this year, with the same planned for the next three years. These are predominantly coming out of Adult Social Care as other areas are protected. We are experiencing a double impact of reduction in funding but increase in demand because of cuts to public services – how will Labour stop damaging cuts that impact unfairly and disproportionately on the most vulnerable people?

Peter: A Labour government will repay the debt but take longer to do so, and it will not be at the expense of vulnerable people. The local Labour party has pledged to protect budgets to the voluntary sector. This means grants, but they will prioritise saving budgets and contracts to the voluntary sector.

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2015 Election – our soapbox: Asperger’s and Autism services

Posted on 2nd April 2015 by

It’s Autism Awareness Day today and, in the second of my series about what we want to see local and national politicians talking about during and after the election, we recommend that Brighton & Hove create an Autism & Asperger’s Department.

Number 2: close gaps in services for Autism and Asperger’s

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