July 23 2014 Latest news:
Monday, March 24, 2014
A charity that has been a lifeline for many of Camden’s disabled residents for over 40 years is in crisis after its newly appointed chief executive discovered “serious financial problems” at the organisation.
Disability in Camden (DISC) offers advice, advocacy and employment training services to disabled people in the borough.
It is also responsible for making direct social care payments to those seeking its help.
Aaron Dryden, who became chief executive last month, said he was forced to act after discovering “serious financial problems”.
He said: “Unfortunately DISC is experiencing serious financial problems, though these are in no way a reflection on the services we have been providing, which are much-valued by all those who use them.
“We are working with officers across council departments, as they are investing heavily in managing this process effectively.”
Cllr Pat Callaghan, deputy leader of Camden Council and cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We have moved quickly to reassure ourselves that any funds paid to the organisation in the form of direct payments are secure. This is the case.”