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Fighting to stop voluntary cuts

Issue No. 2232

Protesting against cuts on Tuesday  (Pic: Mariam Sheikh)

Protesting against cuts on Tuesday (Pic: Mariam Sheikh)

Around one hundred people from voluntary sector organisations and the Unite union protested on Tuesday 14 December against cuts in London councils.

London councils’ leaders were meeting to decide whether to give individual boroughs control of a large section of funding for the not for profit sector. This will see projects closed down, as there will be no “ringfencing” of the cash. Funding for some projects could end on 31 March.

Alan Scott, a Unite officer, said, “When people are faced with unemployment, housing, debt and personal issues because of the effects of the coalition’s austerity measures, it is madness to cut back on the voluntary sector.

“It provides essential support and practical assistance to those with nowhere else to turn.”

The Black and Minority Ethnic Advice Network organised a 60-strong protest against the plans last month.

After the meeting, Peter Lewis, London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) chief executive, said, 'LVSC is extremely disappointed with the outcome of today's funding cuts announcements. Some of the capital's most disadvantaged and vulnerable Londoners will suffer as a consequence of this huge cut back in voluntary and community services that support them.

'LVSC will however strive to work with London councils to try and make the best of this decision in relation to transitional funding. We also want London boroughs to ringfence the repatriated money for the voluntary and community sector.'

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Tue 14 Dec 2010, 17:30 GMT
Issue No. 2232
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