Funding cuts affect Waitaki organisation

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Changes have been made to CCS Disability Action Waitaki following government announcements of funding cuts last year, CCS Disability Action southern regional manager Joy Gunn says.

CCS Disability Action Waitaki, which provides support for people with disabilities, is making changes in an effort to reduce costs and increase income.

Mrs Gunn said the announcements made last year meant government-contracted income for the service dropped $300,000.

“For a very small branch, that’s a huge change.

“It’s a lot of money to take out of a small organisation and a small community.”

After the announcements, which took effect this financial year, CCS Disability Action thought about ways to retain presence in Oamaru and had to make some changes, Mrs Gunn said.

Part of the changes involved reducing administration hours, as well as looking at other ways of bringing in income, including the possibility of others leasing space in the building, she said.

“I’d like to think we would have other partners in the buildings in the next month or two months,” Mrs Gunn said.

“We will continue to be in the building but in a different part.”

Direct support services to disabled people by the support workers would continue as normal.

From Monday, April 28, the office will be open to the public Monday-Friday from 9am – 12pm.

Total Mobility taxi vouchers will now only be able to be collected on Thursday mornings.

By RUBY HARFIELD