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£100,000 cut would kill us off warn voluntary groups after Gloucester City Council budget blow

By citizenmike  |  Posted: December 12, 2013


Vanessa Worrall says Together in Matson would not survive without council's £12,000 grant

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Shocked charities and voluntary groups say they might not survive if a £100,000 cut in grants is made by Gloucester City Council.

Slashing the Gloucester City Council grants budget for voluntary groups is part of a plan to introduce £3.9million of cuts to the council’s coffers over the next two years.

All current grants for the voluntary sector will come to an end on March 31 next year. Some £362,000 was handed to 28 organisations in this financial year.

Those groups will then have to reapply for funds from a smaller pot.

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Vanessa Worrall, project manager at the Together in Matson community group, which received £12,000 this year, said: “We would not be able to carry on. It would be a real shock to our community because we wouldn’t be here to support them.

“We are working to get a better community and a more healthy one for the future. Without us here that would be very difficult to achieve. In fact it may end up costing the council more money than what the grant is worth.”

Andy Tickner, chairman of the Abbeydale Community Association, which received £1,000 this year to run art classes for children, said: “It would be a great shame if we weren’t able to continue the scheme because it has been hugely successful.

“It might not have been possible without this funding because at the end of the day it has got to be paid somehow.

“Quite a lot has been achieved by the classes.”

Council bosses have admitted that it would be a tough decision to make.

Councillor Jennie Dallimore, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “A wide range of groups and clubs are funded from one pot which expires in March 2014.

“I think it is important to show how much support we give to the voluntary and community sector. The current budget is £600,000 and this is by far the most generous in the county.

“It is not a comfortable decision to make but it is one that has to be made.”

Rent support grants worth £90,000 made available to organisations such as the Gloucester Law Centre and the Citizens Advice Bureau are also to be cut under the proposals.

Labour leader Kate Haigh warned: “We have to look carefully before we make cuts to the advice centres that are trusted in the city.”

A consultation exercise will now begin ahead of a decision on the budget next year.

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  • Walker100b  |  December 12 2013, 8:37AM

    The Gloucester Law Centre has shareholder funds in excess of £275,000, perhaps it could use some of those funds and generate some income rather than relying on tax payers.

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  • Lecorche  |  December 11 2013, 8:54PM

    Welcome to Tory World.

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  • Apothegm_  |  December 11 2013, 8:41PM

    "Three rooms! A few spare rooms!" You have a fascinatingly-inaccurate view of how much space the CAB and the Law Centre need. Currently they occupy two floors of their current building. Of course, if they have to close down as a result of this far-sighted council policy, they won't need any rooms at all...

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  • Richardburton  |  December 11 2013, 8:15PM

    £90,000 rent support, wow so what it needs is somewhere that has say 3 rooms that isn't being used in the Public/private sector that can become a home to these advice centre's or two companies with a few spare rooms they don't use. £90,000, could buy a house for that!

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