Governments of a certain persuasion have repeatedly cut back and capped money allocated for local government expenditure. Money which they would use to provide services to the community and those in most need of help. Desperate to hit government targets on spending they in-turn are forced to cut back on vital services they provide often to the most vulnerable, trying desperately to balance their books forced to make decisions on who wins and who should lose.
There was a time we could turn to the, with a problem possibly such as housing budget permitting now just like for an operation, you are put onto a waiting and then it’s a lottery as to whether you will be assigned one.
It’s been revealed to us that social services were never contacted by the then housing department, this has now opened disabled people up to more victimisation, intimidation and harassment than ever before, in simple terms they have make a safety net into a death trap, where once there were cracks there are now gaping holes in the system for us to fall through. As far back as the 1980s its been happening. They say I fell through the net then, I am told its much worse now, how bad? Don’t ask.
Now if your 50 or over you can call on Age Cymru. If your disabled you can go to your group but if you are a child, alcoholic or something else, you can actually get a social worker as for us, I think they would want us to go and sing to put it politely, charities have now been expected to pick up the pieces, just like anywhere else expected to provide often specialised services for which they may not have the training, manpower or resources to handle.
The resulting carnage, not surprisingly is that too many disabled and vulnerable people have become hard to reach and now even harder to help. Feeling it's safer to mix with their own kind only. Some organisations seem to be actively encouraging this founding social clubs etc. segregated from the rest of society, out of reach of help from anyone. God only knows what could be going on in their lives outside of that club when they are at home on their own. Do those clubs really help them? Do they support them in their hour of need?
There are many areas which connect nicely to what we have covered here so far. Which we will look at in detail in our next series. We will look at people’s attitudes, organisations, problems and solutions. We will also reveal just what goes on behind closed communal doors in a block of flats. To be honest I’m looking how best to put it, so we will end this section with.
This is us over and out. Check back tomorrow for the fourth segment of the series.