Cuts to groups providing support to asylum seekers in Oxford will end up costing taxpayers more, charities warned last night.If there’s a need that can be met by social services and the NHS, why should the government employ a third party to supply it? What happened to economy of bulk?
Groups which support the county’s 2,000 refugees say that if support to people fleeing Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran is cut, social services and the NHS will have to pick up the bill.
… Government funding cuts have caused the closure of one Oxford charity – The Bridging Project, which helped young refugees access education – and two other Oxford groups have had to scale back their services.If you are getting all – or most – of your income from the government, you aren’t a charity – you’re a fakecharity. And it’s about time someone pulled the plug, frankly.
Amanda Webb-Johnson, director of Refugee Resource, in Cowley Road, said: “There is no longer the infrastructure to support small and medium sized charities. Traditional sources of funding are drying up.”When she says ‘traditional sources of income’, what’s she referring to? The public?
If so, it’s hardly surprising that they aren’t digging deep into their pockets, is it?
What is surprising is that the government seems to think it has a right to dig into our pockets for them…