Deaf charity at risk of closure after Enfield council cuts funding from Simon Whitlock on Vimeo.
What many do not understand about funding for the deaf, whether it is culture, charity or their clubs, local authorities are picking up the bill. Hardly any can self-sustain. The irony that hearing are underpinning deaf culture and clubs has been missed too.
A support group in north London say's it may have to close after Enfield Council cut almost half its funding. The Deaf Project, has been providing information and guidance for the past 20 years, but has been running on its reserves since the change in funding. Hundreds have now signed a petition calling for the local authority to overturn its decision.
Enfield Council Statement: "Between 2010 and 2015 the government cut our discretionary budget by almost half (£118 million) and we need to make further savings of £56 million by 2019/20, impacting on Council services across the board as well as funding levels available for partner organisations.”
“Despite the impact of Government cuts on the provision of services across the public and voluntary sector, Enfield Council remains absolutely committed to ensuring our deaf communities have access to Council services and we continue to provide an interpreter service and a monthly drop-in service.”
In response The Deaf Project said "The Council statement is giving the wrong impression about the interpreter service. An Interpreter is only available once a month, so it is not continuous."