Yorkshire sector 'under real strain'

Anita Pati

Up to 2,300 voluntary sector jobs are at risk in Yorkshire because of dwindling European funding and the end of the Single Regeneration Budget, experts have warned.

A report published last week by Leeds Business School says that unless current practices change, up to £65m will be lost to the region by the end of 2008/09.

Authors Felix Kumi-Ampofo and Professor John Shutt say the 2006/07 funding cut of £3.2m will rocket to £47m by 2008/09. They argue for a national and regional review of voluntary sector support programmes, with more emphasis on funding to promote social inclusion.

Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, said this "could threaten the fabric of our communities. The changes will profoundly alter the way voluntary groups work and put their current responsibilities under real strain."

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