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Hello and a very warm welcome to Birmingham News here on Made In Birmingham on Freeview channel 7 Virgin 159 and now on Sky 117. Protests have taken place outside Birmingham council house in the wake of further proposals to cut public services. Some services have already had their funding cut by as much as 50 percent. With organisers at the protest claiming that key areas of support may not be able to survive further cuts. Olivia Marks has more Vulnerable people across the city rely on services funded by the council however Birmingham city council has announced that it’s consulting on proposed cuts of up to 5 million pounds to its supporting people services raising to 10 million from 2018-19. BID Services claim the cuts will cost the council more money as more people will turn to other services such as A&E So it is about saving this support and it isn’t necessarily about a financial saving for today, it has impacts for the council with higher costs and dependency further down the line. You can see how many people their are behind me here just outside the council house protesting about the proposed cuts made by Birmingham City Council, those from the supporting people program people are really angry and their message is very clear they want no more cuts made. I think the cuts already made an impact it’s wrecking people’s lives, people are not coming forward to say they are actually struggling, and more cuts will put people under that much pressure that they will kill themselves. BID Services’ supporting people contract in partnership with Focus Birmingham and Disability Resource Center helps over 600 deaf, visually impaired and disabled people, providing them with advice and support to lead independent lives and improve their health and well-being. If they do cut the Deaf Club I think lots of people will be panicking; they won’t know where to go, they will feel nervous and might just stay at home feeling really isolated I can come for support here to help me understand and it really has helped me but I don’t understand why they are making these cuts I can’t believe it. I don’t know why it’s happening and I feel it’s really wrong. We definitely need the service to stay open. The council have to make cuts from somewhere but the support peoples programme has already been cut by 50% and it seems that those relying on services won’t give up fighting anytime soon. Olivia Marks, Birmingham News.