Tamworth reviews contracts with charities

Six local voluntary organisations could lose funding

Six Staffordshire charities could lose contracts with Tamworth Borough Council as the local authority launches a review of its voluntary sector funding framework.

Local branches of Citizens Advice, Home-Start and Samaritans, as well as south Staffordshire branches of Age Concern, Relate and Tamworth Council for Voluntary Service, all have contracts with the local authority to provide services.

All six have been given year-long extensions to the contracts as the council reviews its level of voluntary sector funding. Combined income for the organisations through the contracts will come to about £140,000 in 2009/10.

A council spokesman said: "We are looking at drawing up an agenda of our needs and approaching voluntary organisations to fill these, rather than inviting bids from charities.

"There's no guarantee that any of the organisations with which we have service-level agreements will receive funding in a year's time."

Tamworth CVS, HomeStart, Samaritans and Age Concern South Staffordshire all said they hoped to continue working with the council if a new system were to be introduced.

Kaye Wiggins recommends

Tamworth Borough Council

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