Northern care providers could have missed out on ‘purple pound’ spending

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: The modern and traditional architecture of Manchester intertwine as the Labour party’s campaign to elect him as Mayor of Greater Manchester at the HOME arts venue on November 10, 2016 in Manchester, England. Andy Burnham will be competing against interim mayor and elected police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd. The election for the first Mayor of Greater Manchester will take place in May 2017. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Funding for disabled people in Greater Manchester has been slashed since 2015, a new report has claimed.

If true, the cuts could mean that private care providers in the area could have lost out on thousands of pounds of potential spending since 2015.

A BBC report says it has found that care packages were reduced for 42% of the 662 who used to receive Independent Living Fund (ILF) payments after Whitehall devolved its budget powers.

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Care funding was allegedly cut in Merseyside (24% of 658), East Cheshire (22% of 147) and Lancashire (8% of 366).

When pressed by the BBC, the The Local Government Association (LGA) refused to comment on the figures. Neither Cheshire West nor Chester Council responded to the BBC’s request for information.

The data in the report was obtained in a series of Freedom of Information requests.

The Independent Living Fund ceased in 2015 after a history of changes to eligibility criteria.

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