Focus on the impact of the cuts

05/03/2012

NAVCA has called for politicians to focus on the effects of charities cuts rather than get caught up in the argument over the size of the cuts. Newspapers yesterday ran stories about a leaked report Acevo sent to the Government. The report about the Transition Fund suggested that charities could have lost up to £5.5 billion pounds due to the recession and public spending cuts. Questioned about the cuts from the Labour Shadow Charities Minister, Gareth Thomas MP, the Cabinet Officer rejected the figures in the report saying that they do not ‘consider these figures reliable.’

Joe Irvin, NAVCA’s Chief Executive, said;

“Let’s not get sidetracked into an argument about whether the cuts are one colossal number or another – the fact is they are happening. What we know is the damage they are causing as charities across the country reduce services and lay off staff. We also know that some are being hit harder by unfair and disproportionate cuts.”

“The important thing to remember is that the cuts hurt the most disadvantaged communities and vulnerable people most. The elderly, people with disabilities, and children are all suffering as cuts mean charities are less able to support them. The cuts are severe and that is why we have joined with other national organisations to ask George Osborne to use the budget on 21 March to provide extra support for charities working in the most disadvantaged communities.”

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