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UTAH TO LOWER MONTHLY AID TO ELDERLY, DISABLED BY 70

Nearly 12,000 elderly, blind and disabled Utahns will have their monthly incomes reduced by 70 cents per month effective July 1.

Individuals getting federal Supplemental Security Income of $407 per month also have received $6 from the state. Payment will be cut to $5.30 July 1.Utah Department of Human Services Director Norman G. Angus blamed the cuts on budget problems.

Advocates for the poor termed the proposed cuts and a state refusal to increase welfare grants unfair.

"In reality, it is a cut to people who can least afford it," Utah Issues Director Bill Walsh said.

Reducing the payment to aged, blind and disabled people was painful but not as difficult as it would have been to cut welfare grants, Angus said.