Using figures from local authorities sent to the Scottish Government we can reveal the true level of the proposed cuts in Glasgow for services to people with learning disabilities.
Over the 8 years from 2002 -2010 spending on people with learning disabilities has fallen behind growth in all other care groups within Glasgow. 2002 saw the growth in spending linked to NHS resource transfer level out and allows a fair comparison between different client groups. (see chart below)But not only that inflation in the same period has risen by 20% while the learning disability spend has grown by just 12%. A real terms cut of 8%.
The notion that learning disability spending has been out of control and needs to be trimmed is a myth. The investment in social care services in Glasgow has been far more directed to older people and children & families services.
If the social care department are successful in cutting 20% off learning disability services then this mean a massive cut of almost 30% in real terms since 2002. Thiss cannot be done without real risk of damage to people’s lives.