Share

Croydon Council in funding u-turn

Croydon Council in funding u-turn
News

Croydon Council in funding u-turn1

Finance | Vibeka Mair | 21 Sep 2010

Croydon Council has restored £72,000 in funding for two charities which were part of a cull in June that saw spending on the voluntary sector slashed by around 60 per cent by the council.

Under the council’s controversial move in June, Croydon Council slashed the number of charities it funded from 47 to a meagre six, who will receive up to £672,500 of funding annually, compared with the £1.2m previously disbursed.

The action sparked much protest and anger in the south London borough. In response, the Council has announced it has decided to restore funding for two groups: Croydon Accessible Transport and the Rape Crisis Centre, who will share £72,000.

The council has also proposed to establish a new small grants fund of £100,000 per annum from 2011 and a one-off transitional fund of £350,000 to give further help to those that miss out.

This is on top of the £392,590 of extended support given to previously funded groups until the end of December.

Council officers will be working with Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA), the local BME forum and other bodies to advise and support organisations who may need help finding other funding or may need to restructure or wind up their services. 

Councillor Vidhi Mohan said: "These proposals mark a significant change in the way the council supports third sector organisations in Croydon with a much greater emphasis on direct commissioning which mirrors changes nationally. It reflects the need for organisations becoming self-sustaining and less reliant on core funding from the public purse."

Reading Council consults on changes

Meanwhile, Reading Borough Council, which has ring-fenced funding to the voluntary sector till 2012, is consulting with the charity sector on changes to funding allocation.

Currently, charities apply for funding for the year ahead in a single annual grant round. The new proposal is to move to more flexible and frequent funding opportunities through the year.

The plans would see priority-need areas funded through a mixture of competitive tendering and bidding opportunities ring-fenced to the voluntary and community sector.

Mike Townend, lead councillor with responsibility for the voluntary sector in Reading, said: "There is a very active and committed voluntary and community sector here in Reading and I believe this review of the process of allocating the funding will help to channel their enthusiasm and energy to where it's needed most. I also think that many groups will see new opportunities and I encourage them to bring new and innovative ideas to the table."

Two meetings have been organised for voluntary sector organisations to hear about the proposals in more detail, share their views or ask any questions they may have.

The aim is to give organisations an indication of the new funding programme by the end of December this year, with the programme itself coming into effect in April next year.

Isabel Livingstone
Voice and Influence Co-ordinator
South West Forum
22 Sep 2010

Very good news. I wonder if this was in response to David Cameron's answer to a Parliamentary question last week when he urged local authorities not to save money by cutting voluntary sector funding http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/7306/dont_cut_money_from_voluntary_bodies_pm_tells_local_authorities

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

2014 London Marathon on track to beat the £53m raised last year

18 Apr 2014

The 2014 London Marathon is on track to raise more than £53m for good causes and break the Guinness World...

No evidence of criminality at Tower Hamlets, say police

17 Apr 2014

The Metropolitan Police has said that there is “no credible evidence of criminality” following an...

Donations double in one day following Marathon runner’s death

16 Apr 2014

The amount donated to the National Osteoporosis Society, the charity 42-year-old Robert Berry was running...

Paula Sussex to be the next Charity Commission chief executive

17 Apr 2014

Paula Sussex, senior vice president, public sector of CGI, has been appointed the new chief executive...

Impact of welfare reforms felt by 95 per cent of Yorkshire charities

17 Apr 2014

A report published today which looks at the impact of welfare reforms in the region of Yorkshire and Humber...

Trussell Trust sees use of its foodbanks 'almost triple' in a year

16 Apr 2014

The number of people using the Trussell Trust’s foodbanks rose from 347,000 to 913,000 in a single year,...

'Technology can offer charities more than just online donations'

10 Apr 2014

Charities are focusing too much on using digital tools for fundraising instead of how technology can be...

Amnesty calls for 'full and frank disclosure' on alleged US surveillance

9 Apr 2014

Amnesty International has warned that alleged mass surveillance by the American intelligence agency NSA...

Virgin Money Giving launches app following year of growth

1 Apr 2014

Virgin Money Giving has launched an app for users after reporting that 30 per cent of traffic to its platform...

Join the discussion

 Twitter button

@CSFinance