Council grant cut leads to eight redundancies

Job losses at Voluntary Action Coventry

Voluntary Action Coventry is laying off eight workers after a cut in its council grant.

The CVS, which was founded in 1957, had its contribution to the city council-led Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, which stimulates employment, slashed by £380,000. Stephen Banbury, chief executive of VAC, said it had five weeks' notice of the cuts, rather than a Compact-compliant 12 weeks.

Last week, the council also decided to go ahead with £660,000 of cuts to young people's services, many of which are delivered by voluntary organisations.

Elsewhere, Stratford-on-Avon District Council has ended its three-year grants to Relate South Warwickshire, worth £18,000, and Warwickshire Rural Community Council, worth £12,000. It has also reduced funding to the local Citizens Advice bureau by £10,500.

However, the council has maintained Stratford-on-Avon District Council for Voluntary Service's £40,000 annual grant and renewed Stratford-on-Avon District Volunteer Centre's three-year grant, worth £13,500.

Hastings Borough Council's £10,000 small grants programme has been reprieved after Hastings Voluntary Action offered to administer it for free over the next two years.

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