Funding cut could force closure of Fife disability group

Disabilities Fife office in Kirkcaldy
Disabilities Fife office in Kirkcaldy

A huge question mark hangs over the future of Disabilities Fife after its main funding finishes next month.

Fife Council is withdrawing its financial support from September 30 - and unless the organisation can secure an alternative, it will be unable to continue.

The group got £30,000 from the Council for a number of years to help deliver a range of different services to Fife’s disabled people, including employing two part-time members of staff to be able to provide much-needed information and advice.

The staff also helped to run the website and Facebook page, and helped with public meetings and newsletters.

John Stirling, chairman, said: “We now face an uncertain future with the likelihood that, if we are unable to secure an alternative arrangement regarding money, we may be forced to close our doors.

“The management committee has tried, and will continue to try, to obtain new sources of core funding.

“In the event of the organisation ceasing to exist, Fife Council, as the statutory authority, needs to make perfectly clear how the needs of Fife’s disabled people will be met beyond September 30.”

The organisation has submitted a number of funding applications to various organisations and sent letters to Fife-based businesses about the possibility of developing relationships on disability awareness matters to help secure funding for the future.

David Torrance MSP was dismayed to learn of the Council’s decision to withdraw its funding.

He said: “This organisation provides an invaluable service to many of my constituents dealing with various disabilities. This decision is bound to have a significant impact on the quality of life of many who have benefited from this service. I would urge Fife Council to reconsider their stance in order to allow Disabilities Fife to continue with the valuable work that it does.”