Spending cuts - policy officers in quotes

Representatives from Acevo, NCVO, Heritage Alliance and Navca give their views

- Ralph Michell, head of policy at chief executives body Acevo

Ralph Michell, Acevo"There are two big things the Treasury could do to ease the pain: extend transitional relief on Gift Aid and lessen the impact on charities of the rise in VAT. We are talking about such massive cuts that it will be impossible for the sector to escape them, but in areas where the government is clear about the contribution charities can make and are reforming services, such as health and offender rehabilitation, there will be areas of opportunity."

- Ben Kernighan, deputy chief executive, NCVO

Ben Kernigha, NCVO"The amount local government receives is very significant in terms of the amount local charities receive. But this is not protected and we expect severe cuts. There will be big regional differences in terms of how this affects charities: some councils have cut already this year, some will protect the voluntary sector and some will cut savagely. It's likely that legal aid will be hit particularly hard: most of the Ministry of Justice's money is spent on this and prisons, and it is very difficult to make dramatic savings from the latter."

- Kate Pugh, chief executive, Heritage Alliance

Kate pugh, heritage alliance"A lot of small cultural charities might find their support from local authorities completely cut. They might cut heritage services, including listed buildings, and therefore won't have professional workforces to give advice. Historically, planning department conservation officers have been the lynchpins for things like asset transfers, and some have already been made redundant. They are absolutely invaluable to make sure voluntary organisations have the skills to take assets on."

- Barney Mynott, policy and communications manager, Navca

Barney Mynott"We are concerned that cuts will accelerate the trend of grants being replaced by contracts. We are already seeing this happen. Some councils are cutting grants and some are awarding bigger contracts because they think it will save money. Local groups could be in a period of uncertainty for months, and that will be damaging for morale."

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