Lancashire charities accuse council of breaching Compact

Youth charities in Lancashire have accused their local county council of breaching the Compact by cutting funding to local groups without proper consultation.

Lancashire Council for Voluntary Youth Services, an umbrella body for voluntary youth organisations in the county, said it may be forced to close and has submitted a complaint to Lancashire County Council. The council denies that it breached the Compact.

LCVYS said groups including the Scouts and the YMCA had their funding cut by 51 per cent without warning last year and that the council also changed its funding arrangements, leaving organisations with inadequate time to bid. LCVYS said it was among the groups affected and could have to close at the end of June.

Kevin Curley, chief executive of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, criticised the council. “The behaviour of Lancashire County Council is well below the standards we expect,” he said. “It suggests that there is a long way to go in Lancashire before partnership between the council and the third sector is one of mutual respect.”

A spokesman for the council said the funding arrangements were widely consulted upon over an extended period with the sector.

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