Managers at a York charity which faces losing thousands of pounds in funding from a cash-strapped NHS trust have branded the cuts “ridiculous”.I find it equally ‘ridiculous’ that a charity can be a quango in all but name yet still attract the advantages of charitable status…
This means York Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), which provides back-up to about 1,000 community groups around the city and volunteering opportunities for people with mental health problems and learning difficulties, being left with a £17,500 shortfall in four weeks’ time. It says this will hit its volunteer centre’s ability to help people get involved in local initiatives, and threaten its forums offering support, access and information to charities working with vulnerable residents.So it’s a charity that services other charities? Fantastic!
Angela Harrison, York CVS chief executive, said: “This is a ridiculous cut. Reducing our funding by 37 per cent in four weeks’ time not only breaks our legal contracts but, more importantly, doesn’t take into account any impact for the people of York.Yet it seems from the comments that the message that ‘charities are wonderful and must never, ever be questioned’.
“NHS managers should come out to communities and see the huge value of their voluntary sector investment. These services are not just lines on a budget, they are frontline services to vulnerable people. ”
First, there’s the ‘We all need to tighten our belts – why should you be exempt?’ outlook:
smudge1, York says...Then there’s the ‘Hey, who was watching the bottom line, then?’ query:
You will have to take your cuts like everybody else in the UK. Stop whining and find a way round it. The country cant keep spending more than it earns.
Pete the Brickie, Site says...Followed by the ‘Charity begins at home!’ outlook:
It always seems to me to be wrong who these sort of cuts affect. It’s all very well for Ms Brown to tell us how she’s responsible for “800000 residents”, how she has to “secure NHS Healthcare for them” make “unpalatable decisions” and “protect services for the majority”. Very grand sound bites but an 18 million overspend is a lot of public money, even if it is tiny percentage of your budget, surely the idea of a health or any other budget is you stick to it and there must be somewhere it can be trimmed before we start starving charities for the most needy. Or shouldn’t it have been looked at before it went over by someone in a senior position like MS Brown?
addynuff, york says...And finally the ‘So, what do you spend the money on?’ query:
close the borders,withdraw the foreign aid and look after our own first.the wealthy in india and pakistan show no responsibility for their own people and don t india fund a space programme.
Silver, York says...Heartening signs…
A lot of charities actually employ staff so why don't the higher ups take a paycut?
To offset the loss.....