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DISABLED VICTIMS OF WELWYN'S£50M DEBT, CLAIM CHARITIES

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Charities in Welwyn Garden City say they are still concerned that vulnerable people will suffer because of the debt...
Charities in Welwyn Garden City say they are still concerned that vulnerable people will suffer because of the debts of the district council, reports BBC Three Counties.

The council met last night to decide how to pay the almost £50 million due to developers Slough Estates after it was found to have lied to the company about retail competition.

Ernie Scott, of the Hertfordshire Association for the Disabled, said the shelving of projects for people with disabilities was disastrous.

He commented: 'There is going to be the withdrawal of funds for certain projects which have already been put forward by the council. Among these are accessibility projects within Welwyn Garden town centre and accessibility to residential buildings, and in one case an old people's block of flats, where the walkways need renewing.

'It seems to me that very little money is actually spent on aid and accessibility for disabled people and I think this should be one of the last things to be considered for cancellation'.
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