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GRANTS CUT THREATENS ELDERLY

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Government plans to reduce money available for housing renovation grants could force increasing numbers of disabled...
Government plans to reduce money available for housing renovation grants could force increasing numbers of disabled and elderly people into residential care, according to the Association of Directors of Social Services. Roy Taylor, chair of the ADSS disabilities committee, singled out for criticism a proposal to reduce government subsidy on disabled facilities grants from 60% to 40%.

'This would place additional burdens on housing authorities at a time of financial restraint and will inevitably lead to pressures on social services', he said.

Directors of social services could possibly be held liable to help financially because of their statutory responsibilities, he suggested.
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