Cornwall

HIV charity battles hard with budget cuts

A charity which offers advice to people with HIV says funding cuts are making its task harder.

Kernow Positive Support (KPS) supports people with HIV on issues from benefits and employment to housing.

It said although more people needed support, its council funding had been reduced by 30%.

Cornwall Council says it has had to make tough budget decisions on all preventative services.

Anthony Basnett from the charity said it has had to give up its drop-in centre, counselling room and office in Truro to help "balance the books".

"If the council comes back to us in 2015 with further cuts, where do we make them?" he said.

The service is now based is a smaller office at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

The charity believes there are about 250 HIV-positive people living in Cornwall - double the number from five years ago.

In November the council announced frontline services, including those supporting vulnerable young people, were set to be cut as Cornwall Councillors approved £43m of savings.

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