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Government's £42M Boost for Third Sector 'Not Enough'

Magazine article Public Finance

Government's £42M Boost for Third Sector 'Not Enough'

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A government funding package to help the third sector cope with rising demand for services as a result of the recession has met with a mixed reaction.

The Cabinet Office this week promised ?42. 5m to help charities, volunteers and social enterprises step up the advice and support they provide.

A third of the funds will be targeted at organisations providing employment advice, mental health and family breakdown services, while a E15.5m Community Resilience Fund will provide grants to small voluntary groups working in communities most at risk of deprivation. Up to EIOm will be spent creating volunteering opportunities for unemployed people.

But unions said the money was nowhere near enough. Rachael Maskell, national officer for the community and non-profit sector at Unite, said: 'When you put this ?42m in context, given that voluntary organisations employ more than 600,000 staff and look after the growing recession-driven needs of millions of people, it is a drop in the ocean.

'It is simply not enough... The figure we are looking at is EZOOm as a starting point, with regular reviews as the recession progresses. …

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