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Vulnerable hit hardest by cuts

IT seems that, whenever the axe is wielded as the nation’s finances dictate, those most vulnerable in society are among the worst affected.

Today’s article which details the huge cut in funding for a vital drugs and alcohol advisory service is a case in point.

The phrase economic depression does not simply relate to the fiscal state of a nation.

For, along with national or global financial woe, often come money problems on a much more personal level.

Despite yesterday’s sunny unemployment figures – which show there has been a drop in the number of jobless across Cumbria for two months running – there are still an incredible number of people searching for work.

With unemployment comes financial hardship, which in turn can lead to depression and individuals turning to drink or drugs who might not otherwise entertain the idea.

Services such as those offered by Cadas are a lifeline to individuals at a time when their lives are spiralling out of control.

The trained volunteers can offer light at the end of what must appear a very gloomy tunnel.

And so we are back to the most vulnerable being hit the hardest by indiscriminate cuts.

It is all well and good balancing the books – but consideration must be paid to those on the other end of said rationalisation.

By North West Evening Mail
Published: May 17, 2012

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