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Voluntary sector protest in London

Issue No. 2230

Staff and users of voluntary sector organisations in London protested on Thursday of last week against cuts outside a London councils’ meeting.

The 60-strong protest was organised by the Black and Minority Ethnic Advice Network (BAN).

These organisations provide essential services to vulnerable communities.

This includes support to enable women to escape domestic violence, assistance for elderly people, homeless people and asylum seekers, and translation and advice.

Much of this is done through funding from the London councils’ grants scheme, which councils have recently decided to reduce—hitting all voluntary sector organisations.

Funding that was due to run until the end of 2012 could now end in June for services that are not defined as being delivered on a London-wide basis.

And those left with funds could lose them at the end of 2012. Another councils’ meeting will make the final decision on 14 December.

For details go to www.bmeadvicenetwork.org.uk


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Tue 30 Nov 2010, 18:17 GMT
Issue No. 2230
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