Chief executives body Acevo has written to the Chancellor, George Osborne, asking him to set up a ‘fairness panel’ of voluntary sector leaders that would scrutinise the government’s proposed spending cuts before they are outlined in the comprehensive spending review.
The letter, sent this morning, says the panel would make sure the cuts did not hit society’s most vulnerable people harder than other groups.
It says the panel would also suggest ways in which government departments could work with the voluntary sector to cut spending, before the comprehensive spending review is published on 20 October.
The letter, which has been signed by 370 Acevo members, says: "Our fear is that without a commitment to fairness being at the heart of your decision-making on public spending, we will slip unintentionally into cuts that hit the most vulnerable hardest.
"Already many of us are starting to see such cuts on the ground at local level. If this tendency is not checked urgently, we fear the government will fail in its aim to ensure that those most in need are protected."
Acevo has also published a new poll showing four out of five members of the public are concerned about how cuts to public services will affect the most vulnerable members of society.