Public spending cuts lead to cuts in public services. Not a groundbreaking revelation but there’s a danger that hype-laden initiatives such as Big Society Capital and Social Impact Bonds serve as tediously over-reported distractions from the important day-to-day issues faced by millions of people who have been using public services and now find that those services are no longer there.
Whether or not we chose to use the term Big Society, the current economic climate is causing us to think differently about (formerly) publically-funded services and our relationships to them. This report, in central London local newspaper West End Extra, looks at the reaction of service users and carers to the closure of Westminster Centre for Independent Living, a centre providing activities for deaf and disabled people in the City of Westminster.
The initial paragraphs of article tell a story that has potentially significant implications if replicated across the country: