Spending review – government must be sensitive in finding savings

Responding to today’s spending review, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

‘We all knew that budget cuts were inevitable today. Now more than ever it’s essential that local government is sensitive about how it finds its savings. Councils will need to have meaningful discussions with the voluntary sector about how they can support their communities.

‘Falling funding, along with the likelihood for some organisations that welfare changes will see more people seeking their advice and support, mean that many charities will be in a precarious position.

‘Given that charities play a major role in preventing social problems and therefore reducing costs, councils looking to balance their budgets would be well advised to consider the long-term effects before cutting the sector further.’

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