Since 2015, over £4million has been cut from the County Council’s budgets for adults with learning disabilities.
In 2015/2016 this budget was cut by £2.1million and in 2016/2017 by £1.8million. Another cut is being proposed for 2017/2018.
The county's Liberal Democrats have now attacked the Conservative controlled Council for hitting the most vulnerable in Gloucestershire.
Liberal Democrat Shadow for Public Health and Chair of the Council's Health and Care Overview Committee, Cllr. Iain Dobie (Leckhampton & Warden Hill) today highlighted the decrease in the number of people with learning disabilities receiving a full re-assessment of their needs in the last twelve months. He asked whether this had anything to do with the huge cuts in this particular budget.
Speaking after today’s Health Committee, Cllr. Dobie said:
"The basic rights of people with a learning disability to live independent lives has been jeopardised by such cuts. These cuts are causing fear and anxiety among many people with a learning disability and their families.
"The Conservatives are hitting the most vulnerable in our county.
"I'd like to ask the Tories to think again and not impose a further cut to this particular budget in 2017/18."
Liberal Democrat Shadow for Long-term Care, Councillor David Brown (Barnwood and Hucclecote) also added:
"The human cost is huge - while some people with learning disabilities will be able to cope with such cuts and are adaptable to changes in the support they receive, many will not, and their lives will be more difficult, more painful and less fulfilling as a result."