Reading ring-fences voluntary sector funding until 2012

Following the examples of Thurrock and Merton, and echoing the Prime Minister's recent call for local areas not to cut funding to the voluntary sector, Reading has ring-fenced spending on the voluntary sector until 2012 and will consult with local groups on any changes to funding allocation.

Reading, a green-flagged area recognised by Compact Voice for its outstanding partnership working and dialogue between the public and voluntary sectors, is offering more flexible and frequent funding opportunities, according to Civil Society. The newspaper also reports that Croydon council has partially reversed a previous unpopular decision to cut 60% of funding to the voluntary sector, and will additionally work with local voluntary support organisations to help local groups find other means of funding.

Compact Voice hopes that still more areas around the country will realise how crucial the voluntary sector will be in helping local communities deal with the tough times ahead, and will follow the example of these and other high-performing local partnerships.

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