Have Your Say on Brigstowe Support Service Cuts

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In February, Bristol City Council (BCC) informed us that they would be cutting funding to our Support Service. Brigstowe’s Support Service is one of 43 services that are potentially affected by a total of £1.8 million cuts.

BCC are now asking people to help them decide how these cuts will affect this group of services. It could be that all services will receive a 25% reduction, or it could be that some services are decommissioned completely whilst others keep most of their funding. This is not an easy thing to decide as all the services are very different. Your input in the decision making process would be invaluable.

We have arranged a consultation event for people living with or affected by HIV and for Bristol City Council which will take place on Wednesday 2nd August from 11am to 1pm at City Hall, BS1 5TR. This is a chance for you to have your say on how the cuts are made and the impact this will have on you and others. This a great opportunity to communicate your concerns and thoughts to BCC, so please do attend if you can. Please contact us to let us know that you will be coming.

There is also an online survey that we strongly encourage you to fill in. It is really important that BCC hear the views of people living with or affected by HIV before they decide how the cuts will be made. The online survey can be found at www.bristol.gov.uk/supportingpeople

If you would like the survey in an alternative format please contact the Consultation Team by emailing consultation@bristol.gov.uk or by calling 0117 922 2848. You can also contact Brigstowe directly if you would like help with completing the survey.

There are opportunities in the survey to comment on the need for HIV specific services and we would encourage you to do this if you feel they are still needed. This information can be included in section 5 of the survey.

The consultation closes on 5th September. Any cuts to services are likely to come into effect early in 2018.

We will be sure to communicate any changes as and when they occur.

If you are concerned about anything you have read here, or need more clarification on how to get involved in the consultation, please get in touch with us. We’d like everyone to feel supported in having a say.

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