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Over £1 million cut from Westminster’s voluntary sector grants

Westminster City Council has decided to cut over £1 million from Voluntary Sector grants over the next two years, according to figures obtained by Labour Councillors.

The figures show that over £630,000 of grants is being cut from the Adult and Community Services budget and £425,000 of grants cut from the Children's Services budget.

The biggest cut is £169,000 from the Arts and Recreation budget which represents a 34% cut, followed by a £94,000 cut from the Older People grants to voluntary organisations.

Nearly £60,000 (39%) is being cut from the financial support given to Information and Advice agencies at a time when vulnerable residents will be needing more help to cope with debts and increased homelessness.

Voluntary groups lie at the centre of our local community but now Westminster's real Big Society will face cuts of over £1 million as a result of decisions made by the ruling Conservative Group.

This shows that despite the 'Big Society' rhetoric the Conservatives are the same old nasty party. How can the Conservatives expect us to believe that their Big Society slogans are anything more than hot air when support for voluntary groups helping older people, the vulnerable, the arts and children is all being cut back massively at the same time as people are being encouraged to volunteer. It just does not add up, just like the rest of the Council's finances.

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