Another Disability Factory has it's Funding Removed
- 21 Jan
Dorset Enterprises, a factory that employs people with disabilities, is set to close after the council decide to withdraw the funding.
The council have decided they are no longer able to fund the Bournmouth factory which makes garden furniture, as it is making a loss, so twenty three people will be made redundant, nineteen of these people have disabilities.
Workers have protested and pleaded with the Conservative-led council, to reconsider, but they have said the decision was "regrettable" due to lack of earnings for the factory.
The company's turnover has halved over the past five years, partly due to cheaper overseas competition and trade unions have said the council could have done more to promote Dorset Enterprises.
Dave Higgins, of Unison's Bournemouth branch, said:
Many of the people affected are quite severely disabled and I think they are going to find it extremely difficult to get another job. Some have got disabled partners or children. This decision will not just affect those 23 individuals but their families as well. In many cases.
Dorset Enterprises gives disabled people a reason to do something and makes them feel wanted. They continue to make great things, if they had the right support and a sales and marketing manager to tell people about what they can do, they'd be able to make that profit again.
Although Bournemouth might be saving some money, there will be a cost to the country of increasing welfare benefits in addition to any ill effects on their health as a result of this.
Employee Jenny Sprott, who has worked at the factory for 34 years, think's she would find it hard to work in a regular workplace:
I'm a slow learner and would find it hard to do something else and keep up the pace. I just can't keep up sometimes.
Bournemouth Council claims that closing Dorset Enterprises will save it £471,000 a year in subsidy that it can no longer afford to pay. It has promised to try and find a partner organisation that will provide employment for disabled people on the site and will redeploy staff where possible.
Blair Crawford, cabinet member for adult social care, said:
These are difficult and challenging times. It's a case of balancing options but there is no way of avoiding pain.
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1197499
- 10 Sep
Young people with learning disabilities more likely to be abused
A group of children’s charities have said that young people with disabilities have the “same vulnerabilities” as all young people but face extra “barriers” to getting protection or support,...
- 07 Sep
Success for a disability sport programme
The programme ran for three weeks and included multi-sport camps at Aberdeen Sports Village, reports the Mearns Leader. Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee...
- 21 Jul
Hartlepool to open a disability centre
Work has begun on the Hartlepool Borough Council project which aims to provide the Centre for Independent Living on the site of the current Havelock Centre in Burbank, reports The Hartlepool Mail.It...
- 14 Jul
Reform for care of adults with learning disabilities criticised for being slow
Following the care home abuse scandal at Winterbourne, Sir Stephen Bubb headed a review into care home abuse, which was published in November, reports the BBC.England's chief nursing officer said...
- 18 Jun
Campaigners warn that people with disabilities are losing rights due to government cuts
Charities are concerned that the rights of people with learning disabilities to live independent lives are slipping due to government cuts to benefits and social care, reports the Guardian. A letter...
- 11 Jun
Concern over disability benefits following council change
On the 30th of June a £500m Independent Living Fund will be in the control of local authorities, leaving people fearing how the benefit allowance for disabled adults will be affected, reports the...
- 21 May
Victims of disability hate crime are being let down
Police, prosecutors and probations services have failed to bring in need change over the past two years, a report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate has found, reports the BBC.The CPS, police and...
- 08 May
New initiative to support young people with disabilities
Liberty Staffordshire Community Interest Company have been developed to maximise opportunities for young people due to growing concern they could be left isolated following the withdrawal of...
- 05 May
How technology is helping people with disabilities
At the exhibit people presented all-terrain wheelchairs, adapted smartphone for people whose fingers can't cope with normal devices, wheelchairs that allow the user to become level with the people...
- 01 May
Charities call for action on accessible housing
Leonard Cheshire Disability charity has told The Yorkshire Post that the lack of housing which is accessible for people with disabilities must become and election issue and is calling for the...
Revenue Optimisation "We really appreciate the work that Support Solutions did for Home Group in securing significant additional revenue for our supported housing schemes. This really will make a positive difference to the way in which we support our vulnerable tenants". Dave Coope - Home Group