Millionaires?! / 24 March 2009
Care Services Minister, Phil Hope announced that twenty-five "user-led" organisations, which include Southampton Centre for Independent Living, Disability Action in Islington and Disability Cornwall will have access to £1 million as part of the ‘Action and Learning Sites’ programme. Having done work for all three organisations I know that they’ll put this extra money to good use.
All of the disability organisations chosen all promote independent living and provide a range of services including information, advocacy and advice as well as support in using the direct payments scheme.
A further £100,000 will be shared across the
Thirteen new "user-led" organisations from across the country will also receive a share of £800,000 (£13,000 each) under wave two of the project announced in March last year.
Speaking at the User-Led Organisation Action and Learning Site Network conference in London, Phil Hope told delegates: "Organisations run by people with disabilities … (why do they insist on still calling us that) … play a vital role in delivering high-quality, personalised services . He added that he wanted to see more organisations led by Disabled people to provide services and support to other Disabled people (I like this guy!).
So at least not all of the funding is being sucked into the other government projects, some of it’s going where it really counts. But then when you compare this £1.1 million against the countless billions financing the wars and the massive public relation scam known as the 2012 Olympics, the £40,000 that each of the 25 user-led groups will be getting is really just a drop in the ocean isn’t it.
It’s a good start though Phil, so keep it coming my man.