Anger as Cheshire East Council plan to scrap funding for ‘lifeline’ charities

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A decision by Cheshire East Council to scrap funding for 15 local charities has caused anger amongst the community.

The council are due to cease funding for the Neuromuscular Centre and fourteen other local charities on March 31 2018.

Director of the Neuromuscular Centre in Winsford, Matthew Lanham, said: “We won’t be able to provide the thousands of breaks for Cheshire East carers that we have done in the past.

“It really is an absolutely ridiculous decision, because the council haven’t really saved any substantial amount of money.

The Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) offers help and support to those affected by muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions.

These types of long-term progressive conditions, lead to a high level of disability and can be very difficult for patients and their families to cope with.

With funding from the Cheshire East Council, the NMC provides breaks for carers who look after people with a neuromuscular condition.

Matthew, added: “We offer a highly specialist physiotherapy service, training and employment for people with muscular dystrophy.

“We also support the whole family, including the carers of people who have the condition.

“We help hundreds of people to have a break from what can often be a very tiring and arduous caring role.

“I know that people commonly say we are an absolute lifeline.”

Cheshire East Council started funding the NMC in 2010, and have provided them between £10,000 and £25,000, since then.

The NMC charity says that carers will be affected the most by these changes to funding.

Matthew, said: “It feels like they just wanted to send out a very clear message that they don’t want to support local charities.

“The impact for individuals will be many and various, and in some extreme cases people will have to give up work.”

We have approached Cheshire East Council for a response to these claims, but they are yet to respond.

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