Belfast Telegraph

Study reveals charities are suffering from budget cuts

By Alan Jones

Thousands of charities and voluntary groups in the UK are facing budget cuts of over £100m because of reductions in local government funding, according to new research.

Some groups are having funding withdrawn altogether, the study of councils across England by anti-cuts website False Economy showed.

The cuts have totalled over £10m in the past year, but the final figure is likely to be far higher because some authorities have not yet finalised their plans.

Many of the charities that are 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."