A West Midlands charity for the disabled has slashed key projects and cut nearly 90 per cent of its workforce after going into administration.
Disability West Midlands, which has been running for 27 years and received more than £500,000 in public grants last year, said it was hopeful the cost-cutting would restore financial stability and ensure its survival.
Its workforce of nearly 30 has been reduced to four-anda-half posts as part of the economies, which include eight redundancies.
Projects which have been scrapped include Outlook Plus, a course to help disabled students find work and improve their lives, and a course on equality training, providing companies with information to help integrate disabled people in the workforce.
Another project which involved networking with different organisations to raise awareness about disability issues has also been cancelled.
The charity, based at Prospect Hall in College Walk, Selly Oak, is now providing only an information service, offering advice on a range of issues such as benefit claims and tribunal hearings.
The organisation receives funding from a range of bodies, including annual contributions from the Birmingham and Black Country Strategic Health Authority and Birmingham City Council.
Last year, it received £541,966 in grants and a further £52,780 in donations and gifts. Its total income was £655,582 with outgoings totalling £675,503.
Sue Dickins, information manager, said the charity was put into administration in April and this week moved to smaller offices.
She said it was hoping to come out of administration this month and would continue to provide its vital information service for the 700,000 disabled people across the West Midlands.
Ms Dickins said: "What we do is extremely important but it is a constant fight to keep the funding going."
She added: "If people think because of the new Disability Discrimination Act has come in and that we are no longer needed, they must be joking. Disabled people still need support and help to live normal lives as much as possible."
Disability expert Penny Bould, who runs a consultancy service in Warwick, said the case highlighted how many disability organisations were struggling to get funding.
"We have got the Disability Discrimination Act which has been welcomed yet people like myself are still in a situation where many many services for disabled people are run on a charitable basis," she said.
"With insecure funding that has to be applied for over and over again, organisations are sometimes living in critical times, and living hand-to-mouth."