Staff accept pay cut to save charity in East Finchley

Staff at a charity for children with Cerebral Palsy have accepted a pay cut in an attempt to reduce the organisation’s funding crisis.

Staff at the Bobath Centre in East Finchley have all agreed to a salary reduction of between five and ten per cent.

The centre experienced a dramatic drop in its income last year when health service reforms saw a reduction in funding for children’s treatment services.

Jayne Pearce, director of administrative services said: “Staff understand the problem is out of our control, but the fact remains that we suffered a deficit of £280,000 in the last financial year and urgently need to make budget cuts of £200,000 this year.

“Unfortunately, the only way we can achieve this is by reducing the salary bill by £100,000.”

Ms Pearce has met with local MP, Mike Freer, and Paul Maynard MP, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Disability Group.

She is also waiting to hear back from David Cameron, having written to the prime minister to highlight the charity’s predicament and to make the case for transitional funding.

The charity says that its supporters and local residents have rallied to support it but that the magnitude of the problem has called for radical action.

Ms Pearce said: “We will review our position in six months and hopefully by then it will be clearer what is happening in the NHS.

“However, the staff are determined to keep the centre open and continue to improve the quality of life of children with cerebral palsy.”

The charity provides specialist treatment and therapy to children with Cerebral Palsy with the intention of improving their quality of life.

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