Autism charity faces £160,000 funding cut

Vital funding could be cut for a Burnley-based charity that helps adults and children affected by autism.

The Action for ASD Centre in Briercliffe could soon lose as much as £160,000 a year in funding from Lancashire County Council’s Lancashire Break Time fund, but the charity is planning to appeal the decision.

Action for ASD team members Peter Hurst, Emma Hamlen, Alix Sampford, Katie Whittle, Robin-Haldane Denton and Hannaa Ingleby at the open day at Queens Mill.

Action for ASD team members Peter Hurst, Emma Hamlen, Alix Sampford, Katie Whittle, Robin-Haldane Denton and Hannaa Ingleby at the open day at Queens Mill.

The centre helps more than 200 families from across East Lancashire including children and adults who suffer from autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

Project director Hanna Ingleby said: “The money is vital to us and we are going to appeal the decision. We will have to raise the funds ourselves if we lose this money. We have been in Burnley eight years now and have really grown in that time.

“I think the diagnosis for autism is getting better and that is why we are getting many more referrals.

“In fact, GPs refer adult patients to us who see our clinical psychologist. In total we have 16 staff work here who help us to provide low level support for families, counselling, social groups and drop-ins.”