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60pc of charities report income drop since 2010

SIX out of 10 charities admit they have suffered a drop in income over the past three years – with some losing up to 25pc of their funding.

More than 1,000 charities have come together to call on the Government to produce a strategy across all of the departments to help support people, including the elderly and disabled, to live with dignity.

Ahead of of the upcoming Budget, the Government was called upon to maintain the vital public services.

John Dolan, chief executive of the Disability Federation, warned recent budgets had focused on cuts rather than taking into account social impact.

He warned the "two realms" appear to have become disconnected but were firmly linked in the day-to-day life of communities.

Mr Dolan said the "chipping away" at disability and mainstream supports in previous budgets had impacted the independence of those living with disabilities.

The advocacy groups who have joined together to call for public services to be protected, include The Wheel, the Disability Federation, Irish Rural Link, Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups and the National Youth Council of Ireland.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has warned the Budget would be "difficult", but it is expected the package of cuts and taxes will be less than the original target of €3.1bn.

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