Nottingham's voluntary sector funding 'might fall by 38 per cent'

Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood tells House of Commons that action must be taken 'before it's too late'

Lilian Greenwood
Lilian Greenwood

Voluntary sector funding in Nottingham could fall by 38 per cent in the next financial year, according to Lilian Greenwood, the Labour MP for Nottingham South.

Speaking this week at a House of Commons debate about the voluntary sector in Nottingham, Greenwood said Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service anticipated that council funding for the voluntary sector in the area might drop by 38 per cent in 2011/12 compared with 2010/11.

"I want to express the hope that action can be taken to protect the sector before it is too late," she told MPs. "Nottingham's voluntary sector faces a crisis brought on by the government's spending cuts and the particularly severe reduction in funding for our local authority."

She said that the most recently available figures showed that 35 services in the city were due to close, 16 were at serious risk of closure and 12 would be reduced.

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, responded by saying that he had lost respect for Greenwood's speech when she "failed to recognise the difficulties faced not only by the government but by those trying to govern local authority areas".

He added: "The cuts were forced on us by the shambles that resulted from the previous administration's stewardship of our public finances, but she showed no recognition of that.

"None of this is easy, but we are actively trying to help the sector and local authorities through the difficult process of managing this transition."

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