Out & About closes with the loss of 16 jobs

Michael Wood, the chair of trustees at the disabled children's charity, says all the options have been explored but financial problems proved insurmountable

Out & About
Out & About

The disabled children’s charity Out & About will close this week with the loss of 16 jobs.

The charity, based in Claydon in Suffolk, said in a statement that its income had plummeted because of a reduction in funding from local government, and it had "been unable to fill the gulf caused by these swingeing cuts". Its funding fell by about 50 per cent for the financial year 2012/13.

The organisation, which according to accounts filed with the Charity Commission had an income of £1m in 2011, has made its 16 employees redundant.

Michael Wood, the chair of trustees, said it was sad that Out & About would no longer be able to make a significant impact on the lives of disabled children and young people.

"We have, as a board and management team, explored all the options to solve our financial problems," he said. "But in the current economic climate it has proved incredibly difficult."

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