NACVS: Emergency funding needed for volunteer councils

Councils for voluntary service are so poorly funded they need a permanent bail-out fund from central government, according to their national association.

Umbrella bodies NACVS and Volunteering England last week handed out £133,000 of emergency Home Office funding to their most impoverished members.

But the money, which is intended to assist with the core costs of running CVS and volunteer bureaux, runs out this year.

"There is a permanent situation of real crisis in funding for CVS and local infrastructure organisations," said Kevin Curley, chief executive of the NACVS. "At any point in time, at least 10 CVSs have serious funding problems.

"There is a need for a permanent emergency fund, held nationally."

The Home Office grants will be replaced by an £80m fund for voluntary sector infrastructure in the summer. But this money cannot be used to help CVSs whose funding is cut by local authorities.

"It is a cruel contradiction," said Curley. "There will be funding for new initiatives and new services, while highly valued local services are going to the wall."

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