NAVCA chief says Budget should have helped charities

26/03/2012

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of national umbrella charity NAVCA, has used a speech to Involve Yorkshire and the Humber’s annual conference for support and development organisations to say that the Budget was a squandered opportunity. He argued that the Budget should have been used to help communities hardest hit by the economic downturn, by providing support for local charities. Joe made his remarks at Involve’s conference at Cober Hill in Scarborough on Friday 23 March.

Prior to the budget NAVCA wrote to George Osborne asking for funding for charities, focussed on regenerating the most deprived areas. NAVCA pointed out that now is the first time since the 1960s that there is no government regeneration programme to support areas of deprivation. NAVCA argued that this support would be a low-cost way to quickly inject some much needed resources into organisations working in these areas. NAVCA were asking for less money for local charities than the £250 million the Government has found to re-introduce weekly bin collections.

Speaking at Involve Yorkshire and the Humber’s conference, Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said:

“Whilst there were some welcome measures for us, Wednesday’s budget was a squandered opportunity to help Britain's hardest hit communities and the charities supporting them. Charities supporting the most deprived communities are facing the double whammy of cuts in funding and rocketing demand. This government needs to understand that the big society only works if the local society works as well.”

“The Chancellor should have announced new funding for local charities in the most deprived areas. This would have made a huge difference to Yorkshire and theHumber. Hull, Grimsby, Doncaster, Bradford, Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield, Scunthorpe and Leeds would all have benefitted as they are in the top 20% local authorities with the greatest overall risk of poverty. Local charities in these areas need more help.”

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