Voluntary sector funding in Derbyshire to be cut by £300,000

Derbyshire's Clinical Commissioning Groups will make the reductions for the financial year starting in April

Vale of Edale, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire
Vale of Edale, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire

Derbyshire's Clinical Commissioning Groups have approved cuts to voluntary sector funding totalling almost £300,000 in the financial year 2019/20.

At a board meeting in December, Derbyshire’s four CCGs approved the costs savings, official documents show.

Fifteen organisations in receipt of discretionary grants from the CCGs will collectively lose £248,765 in 2019/20. A further four community transport providers will have their funding cut by £50,349, bringing total cuts to the VCS budget to £299,114 in 2019/20.

The organisation facing the largest funding loss is Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales, which will see funding for five projects cut by a total of around £99,000. This includes losing £32,270 for running a night-sitting service.

Other organisations facing cuts include Citizens Advice and Law Centre Derby, which will see its grant cut by £29,266.

But the CCGs have approved grants totalling £262,255 to voluntary sector projects mainly supporting individuals with specific health conditions. This includes awarding £72,644 to the Stroke Association for running two projects.

Derbyshire’s four CCGs are trying to make savings totalling £51m in order to bring their funding deficits down to £44m by April.

Last year, Kim Harper, chief executive of Community Action Derby, the local voluntary sector representative body, warned that cuts to NHS budgets could be "potentially catastrophic" for the voluntary sector.  

In an email to Third Sector, Jane Ide, chief executive of the local infrastructure body Navca, described the latest cuts as "a frustrating and depressing story".

Third Sector was unable to reach the CCGs for comment before publication of this story.

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