Government Cut Backs and WIN

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you have probably heard that WIN could lose more than $400,000 in funding dollars as a result of the latest cutbacks the Alberta Government is planning. There is considerable confusion about the cut backs that are to be implemented July 1, 2013.

What will this mean for WIN and the people we serve? This is a question that many are asking. Please visit the links below to learn more about this crisis situation and what you can do to help.

WIN facing $400,000 reduction

PDD service providers dealing with $9 million in budget cuts

Westlock News Article – Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Province steps back on disability services cuts

CTV News -May 18, 2013

Following a protest held at the legislature, an announcement came that indicated that the government may be reconsidering… click the image to see the news story.

It turned out that the reports of the government reconsidering the cuts was grossly over stated.  The following story indicates that the reconsideration comment was little more than a tactic to stop protesters, thereby reducing public awareness:

PDD cuts ‘moving forward’ despite protests

Tories deny plan to reduce funding is under review

By Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald May 22, 2013

“This transition will ensure that persons with disabilities who can work, and who want to work, will have the supports to help them do so,” said Solicitor General Frank Oberle last week. Photograph by: Gavin Young, Calgary Herald

Read more: The Calgary Herald

People are rallying together to let the government know that these cuts are not acceptable to Albertans.  Many of our clients are not able to speak for themselves, and are dependent upon us to speak for them.  If you would like to have your voice heard on behalf of disabled people, please consider signing the petition at the link below.  Be sure to like and share the link to help collect the 10,000 signatures:

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