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A lifeline for a York group supporting the blind


3:51pm 24th April 2012

A local health watchdog has welcomed news that the local Primary Care Trust (PCT) has reversed a decision to remove funding to a York group supporting the blind.

The council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee organised an event for PCT bosses to explain a funding cut to York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, where other funders of the group and members of the public were able to have their say.

Committee Chair, Coun. Tina Funnell, explained how the outcome had been achieved:

“This is really fantastic news that the Society has secured funding for at least the next 12 months.  We were really concerned that the organisation would cease to exist to support blind and partially sighted people in York when the initial decision was made, but as a result of our session, partners got back around the table and came up with a system of funding that will work for 2012/13.

“This shows what is possible when overview and scrutiny overview works well, and my thanks go to all involved, without whose co-operation this outcome would not have been possible.

“I know the Society’s Chief Officer is delighted as this buys time to prepare further funding bids to keep this important organisation and its crucial work going beyond this year”.

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