I WOULD like to express my grave concerns about funding cuts to our voluntary organisations in Boston made by Boston Borough Council on March 2 at its budget setting meeting.
By making cuts to organisations like the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, councillors are cutting at the heart of our local communities.
Sadly Boston is not alone in making these swingeing cuts to the voluntary sector. Lincolnshire County Council is also making huge cuts to volunteering and women’s aid organisations.
It does concern me that if we are serious about the ‘Big Society’ – we are cutting the funding to the crucial organisations that would provide the volunteers to make the ‘Big Society’ work, as local authorities are asking volunteers to run our libraries, pick up our litter, run our youth clubs and volunteer in our communities.
I hope Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, is committed to his words.
He has said he is considering using the law to prevent local authorities passing on ‘disproportionate’ cuts to charities.
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations said Mr Pickles’ comments were a ‘warning shot’ to councils.
He also warned local charities might be encouraged to seek a judicial review if they feel they have received a raw deal.