NAB looks set to lose over £73k of funding following Northamptonshire County Council’s (NCC) recently agreed budget, raising a question mark over the future of some £300,000 of services.
Alex Lohman, NAB CEO said:
“Last year the Council cut preventative support services for blind and partially sighted people by 10% which was bad enough, but this looks like it might be a cut of 100% which, if true, calls into question our ability to maintain services we currently provide for visually impaired adults, young people, children and their families/carers across Northamptonshire”.
With strong support from RNIB and Visionary (the national body representing local associations for the blind), NAB are urgently seeking clarification as to the Council’s intentions regarding the future of services for people with sight loss.
“Cutting services that help and support blind and partially sighted people to overcome the emotional and practical challenges of living with sight loss, retain their independence and achieve their ambitions in life is simply wrong in our view” added Alex “and with the help of partners, clients and supporters we hope to change the Council’s mind”.
As an immediate reaction to the uncertainty NAB Trustees have decided to pause the redevelopment of Northampton Sight Centre in Kingsthorpe, NAB’s head office, which was due to get underway later this year.
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