Charities face budget cuts of £100m
Thousands of charities and voluntary groups are facing budget cuts worth more than £100 million because of reductions in local government funding, according to new research.
Some groups are having funding withdrawn altogether, showed the study of councils across England by anti-cuts website False Economy.
The cuts have totalled more than £10 million in the past year, but the final figure is likely to be far higher because some authorities have not yet finalised their plans, said the report.
Many of the charities facing cuts deal with disabled people, children, the elderly and adult care, said False Economy.
The group's campaign director, Clifford Singer, said: "These cuts go deep into the voluntary and community sectors. These are not just nice-to-have groups but organisations providing vital services for older people trying to maintain independent lives, vulnerable children and abused women.
"With so many of the cuts simply resulting in further pressure on the NHS or other statutory services, they are truly a false economy.
"Ministers talk up localism and say services will be better shaped locally, but the huge front-loaded cuts to councils mean that local decision-making simply gives councils the choice of which vulnerable people they should make suffer for an economic crisis they did nothing to cause."
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber commented: "These deep cuts to voluntary groups across the UK show that Government claims that charities can replace direct services currently provided by central or local government are false. It sounds great, but in practice the Big Society is looking more and more like a big con."