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Camden disability charity closes as questions remain over financial troubles

15:00 03 April 2014

'Serious financial problems' were discovered by the new CEO of Disability in Camden (DISC)

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A charity that has been a lifeline for many of Camden’s disabled residents for over 40 years has closed after its newly-appointed chief executive discovered “serious financial problems” at the organisation.

Disability in Camden (DISC) offered advice, advocacy and employment training services to disabled people in the borough. It was also responsible for making direct social care payments to those seeking its help.

But just months after celebrating its 40th anniversary, its new chief executive, Aaron Dryden, said he was forced to act after discovering “serious financial problems”.

It is thought unauthorised payments were made to “certain individuals” – leaving a substantial hole in the finances.

The subsequent closure is a devastating blow to disabled users in the borough, some of whom already complain about a dwindling level of support.

Cllr Pat Callaghan, deputy leader of Camden Council and cabinet member for adult 
social care, reassured them that they would still receive any payments owed.

“We have moved quickly to reassure ourselves that any funds paid to the organisation in the form of direct payments are secure and this is the case,” she said.

An extraordinary general meeting is expected to take place later this month to decide what future, if any, the charity has.

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