Watford, Nottingham, London and Liverpool

Watford & District YMCA has lost funding for a number of projects. This includes “6 staff providing support for up to 2500 young people each year, helping them get into volunteering and to set up and manage their own community projects to tackle local issues.” They have lost funding for “3 staff providing support for up to 135 young people not in education, employment or training each year helping them to resolve complex emotional, social and behavioural issues and make positive transitions into work or college.” They have lost funding for “one member of staff who coordinates a social and support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people; no other specialist support of this kind is available in the county.”

Lilian Greenwood MP (Nottingham South, Labour) has introduced a debate on the voluntary sector in Nottingham. She said that Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service “anticipates that £47.5 million of council funding for the voluntary sector last year could shrink to about £29.5 million this year, which is a 38% drop.” Greenwood spoke about the volunteer centre, which is affected by the scrapping of the working neighbourhoods fund and the national youth volunteering programme, vinvolved-eight members of staff are losing their jobs, and she spoke about the support v gave to young people not in education, employment or training.

A blog at Liberal Conspiracy has given details of the budgets of many councils in London. Councils making cuts to childrens’ services include Bromley, Brent, Camden and Croydon. Hammersmith and Fulham Council is reducing its voluntary sector grants by £500,000.

Liverpool City Council has cut its voluntary sector budget by £18m, a reduction of 48% from £37m. The council is making £91m of savings in total, which represents a 22% budget reduction. Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services has said that it is shedding 33 of its 59 staff in anticipation of a £600,000 loss of funding.

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