I posted a question on BLF FB page and got this reply from them I did wonder about posting it on here but then decide to do it anyway as it was posted on a public page
British Lung Foundation Hi Janet. The rumours aren't quite true, although we can say that, like many organisations in the current economic climate, the BLF has been looking at ways in which we can reduce costs and balance the books. This will include changing the way we support our work around the country and the BLF Breathe Easy support groups across the UK. In future, the main support for the groups will be provided by a new team based in Liverpool, called BLF Direct. We will be closing the regional offices in Newcastle, Leicester and Bristol, and one of our two London offices, when the current leases run out over the coming months and years - but, that doesn’t mean we won’t have a presence in those areas, just that the staff will mainly work from home instead. Our other offices – including Swansea and Glasgow – will remain open. Although we are limited in how much we can say at this time, our chief executive, Penny Woods, has been out on the road for the last few weeks meeting Breathe Easy groups around the country, explaining the plans and why these changes are necessary, listening to feedback and answering questions. The feedback and ideas from the around the country will ensure that we continue to support the Breathe Easy network effectively, and that the changes are introduced as well as possible. Penny is continuing meeting Breathe Easy groups on this subject right through to the end of July. We understand that rumours can be upsetting for people and we’re sorry if this has caused you any anxiety. However, rest assured that we are committed to maintaining our regional presence and supporting the Breathe Easy network all over the UK. When we are able to formally communicate on this issue, letters will be sent to each Breathe Easy group with the details of how and when any changes will happen. I hope that addresses your concerns? Alistair at the BLF.