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Staff facing the axe.

A DISABILITY charity is faced with halving its staff to cope with the downturn.

The Gateshead Access Panel (GAP) is cutting its staff from nine to five despite seeing an increase in referrals for its services in particular from people who don't normally contact them for support such as homeowners needing help..

The panel provides information and support for disabled people and carers. The economic downturn and the Welfare to Work Agenda has shown more people wanting their services, but funding is scarce.

The panel said more people want to volunteer, but it is struggling to raise the cash to pay for volunteer co-ordinators..
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 20, 2009
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