Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

David Cameron blasted over disabled charity cuts

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron's commitment to disabled services in the UK has been criticised after a charity he is a patron of had its funding cut by £250,000.

The KIDS charity helped the Prime Minister look after his disabled son but has had its support axed following Government cuts.

Last night Mr Cameron faced further criticism after it emerged an £800m grant for disabled services announced in December could be spent on other services.

KIDS offers one-to-one care facilities to about 7,000 disabled children across the UK and helped care for Mr Cameron's son Ivan, who was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, until his death in 2009.

The charity has had its funding cut by four local councils after their budgets from central government were slashed.

A spokesman for Number 10 said Mr Cameron was still committed to top quality disability care and blamed the decisions on individual councils.

“This is something the Prime Minister talked about a lot before the election and is a very personal issue to him. These are local authority cuts; it is not his decision,” the spokesman said.

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