London Assembly condemns £9m 'cut'

Indira Das-Gupta

London Assembly members have come out against proposals that they say amount to a £9m cut to funding for voluntary organisations running services across more than one London borough.

The assembly last week gave widespread backing to a motion urging London Councils (formerly the Association of London Government) to reject a recommendation from its grants committee to redirect funding from cross-London voluntary sector services to local community groups (Third Sector, 6 September).

"Voluntary organisations don't recognise borough boundaries when they deliver vital services and support to Londoners, and nor should the grants they receive," said Valerie Shawcross, Labour assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark, who tabled the motion.

The London Councils executive is due to make a final recommendation to the leaders' committee next month.

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