West London YMCA cuts staff and costs

Cuts necessary to survive the recession, says chief

One of the UK's largest YMCAs is making 10 redundancies and transferring some of its activities and staff to other organisations as part of a bid to save £250,000.

West London YMCA, which was founded in 1870 and is based in Ealing, said in March that it needed to cut costs in order to survive the recession.

Clare Scott Booth, chief executive of the organisation, said the number of staff was likely to fall from 270 to 230 by July, when the redundancies and transfer of activities were completed.

Scott Booth said she could not reveal which parts of the charity's work were being transferred because the information was commercially sensitive.

She said the cuts were due to the recession and because the organisation had not had any inflation-linked increase in funding through the Government's Supporting People programme for three years.

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