Blind charity Somerset Sight's service cut fears

Somerset Sight protest November 2011
Image caption The charity held a small protest outside County Hall earlier

A charity which helps blind people in Somerset has held a protest against possible funding cuts from the council.

Somerset Sight has a £90,000 annual contract to support 225 people in their homes using trained volunteers.

The Conservative-led county council has said no decision has been made about changes to services in this area, but says it is reviewing all its services.

Earlier the charity's director also tabled a question during a full council meeting to highlight the issue.

Tom Windsborough, a Somerset Sight director, said: "They will make it [the service for blind people] one of a raft of a dozen or so different services that will be made available to the wider disabled population of Somerset and it will go out to competitive tender.

"As it goes out to competitive tender, because we are an independent charity that only works with visually impaired people, we won't be able to compete with that."

Somerset Sight has had a contract with the council for the past 15 years.

A spokesman from the council said: "Everything that the council does will be reviewed over the next 18 months and no decision has been made about any changes to services in this area."

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