If you follow us closely on Social Media, you will be very aware of our current campaign to #SaveOurSupport. Birmingham City Council are currently undergoing, a further budget review in 2017. To find our more about the review, click here
Here at Birmingham Mind, alongside other Third Sector Providers, we are currently protesting against the councils proposal to cut £10million from the Supporting People Services budget over the next 2 years – a cut that will directly affect the vulnerable adults whom we currently support. We have been actively petitioning and protesting against these proposals, and even endured the rain outside the Council House on the 16th January!
We have now, taken the steps to write an open letter to Theresa May. You can read a copy of the letter here alongside the statement below from our CEO, Helen Wadley
Birmingham Mind appreciates the difficult financial position that Birmingham Council find themselves in and there are no easy answers. However we fundamentally oppose any cuts to the Supporting People Programme and Third Sector Grants. These funding streams between them support up to 20,000 vulnerable people in Birmingham. We have proven the case that these preventative “edge of crisis” services save money and therefore cuts are a false economy. We also know that we would see a large increase in homelessness, crime, disorder, Safeguarding and Child Protection. As both a citizen of Birmingham and CEO of Birmingham’s largest specialist Charity I am appalled that this level of cut is being proposed, especially as mental health had a 40% cut only last year. We are raising our concerns both locally and nationally in the hope that these proposals will not become reality and we see more people on our streets and more people dying.
You can show your support for this campaign, by signing our petition to save these vital Supporting People and Third Sector Grants.