West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has expressed her sadness at the decision to close Disability Advice West Lancashire, but also her gratitude for their work over many years. She said:
“The closure of Disability Advice West Lancs is a huge blow for West Lancashire and in particular the many disabled people and their families who DAWL supported through advice and guidance on applications, benefits and employment.
“I know Tony Lewis and his team of volunteers and trustees have worked tirelessly over many years supporting residents and in recent months to try secure the financial sustainability for the organisation.
“We met a few months ago when the financial situation was seriously deteriorating and despite meetings with the CCG and CVS it appears there are just no further funding avenues available to them which is a great shame and a result of continued cuts by central government, local authority budgets and funding providers.
“My hope now is that other Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) organisations can pull together to ensure DAWL’s clients are supported and that local funders can keep working to ensure other valuable charity organisations don’t end up in similar financial crisis leading to their closure.
“My thanks to Tony and his team for their years of dedicated service.”