Boris to lighten burden on London fundraisers

The new Conservative administration in London's city hall will reduce the burden on fundraisers and look into grant funding, according to Ray Lewis, the deputy mayor of London.

Lewis, who has worked with charities for underprivileged young people, is responsible for considering voluntary organisations' concerns as part of his role under the recently elected mayor, Boris Johnson. He said a blueprint for charity in London will be unveiled within weeks.

"We will do whatever we can to reduce the burden on charities of raising money," he said. "Some of the stories I have heard about grants commissioning have deeply disturbed me."

Lewis, who hailed charity as the "first sector" while speaking at an NCVO funding conference, said he was interested in hearing from any charity about how the mayor's office could provide the most help for charities.

He promised the third sector in London would become a "beacon of all that's possible" in the world of charity.

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