Age UK Comment on statement by Eric Pickles
Published on 03 March 2011 03:00 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
'Many local authorities now have to make very difficult decisions resulting from the recent spending cuts. We would call on all local authorities to think about not only the short term savings but also the long term impact.
'By withdrawing funding at short notice from services provided by the voluntary sector, there is a risk not only that those particular services may be forced to close down, but that other services may also be adversely affected because of the resulting financial squeeze. This may affect the long term sustainability of the voluntary sector at a time when they are very much needed to provide services and solutions alongside statutory provision.
'We would urge local authorities in future years to fully engage voluntary organisations in budgetary decisions as equal partners recognising the added value provided to communities by these bodies. Voluntary organisations have a great deal to offer both as service providers and in terms of encouraging community cohesion and developing skills within society.'
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