Torbay Council unspent cash 'to go to disabled people'

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Torbay Council has promised that £340,000 of unspent money on emergency financial help for disabled people will not be spent on other services.

It follows concerns by Liberal Democrats that the money would be absorbed into other budgets to ease cuts by the local authority.

The underspend is from the council's General Fund of £552,980.

Torbay Council told the BBC the money would be ring-fenced for disabled hardship in its next budget.

In the past year, the council received 3,058 applications for grants from the fund. It paid out 1,259 awards and refused 1,799 applications.

Other things the money is spent on things includes food parcels and helping homeless people with housing rent deposits.

The council has approved £22m of cuts for the 2014-15 financial year, and a further £3.8m savings will be made for 2015-16.

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