Budgeting for success

March 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Your Country Needs You!

With the chancellor, George Osborne, due to give his second budget speech in the House of Commons tomorrow, we thought it would be a good time to see what affect, if any, the spending cuts have had on the charity sector and what the Budget may have in store.

When talking about the third sector and the government cuts, the concept of The Big Society crops up and invariably takes over the argument. So much so, that TUC has called the called The Big Society a cover for massive public spending cuts. According to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) the cuts have had left many charities fearful for closure with grants for projects drying up.

The NCVO have written to the Chancellor to him to take steps to ensure that the spending cuts do not disproportionately hit vulnerable people and derail the chances of achieving the Big Society. Charities have a huge role to play in the Big Society, in bringing different communities together and helping people take a more active role in their community.

Unions have also got into the game. As this blog is being written, members from the University and College Union are striking over the government cuts to their pensions. Additionally, the country’s biggest union Unite has also written to George Osborne alongside a petition, asking for changes close the £4.5 billion funding gap for the charities in the UK.

It seems that while the Big Society may have some of the answers in making the government smaller and encouraging people play a more active role in their community; charities may not be able to survive till the end of this current government, unless more attention and funds are given to many third sector organisations that are working to in the UK to support and empower communities. It seems that now more than ever, charities need help. Zakat House will be leading from the front; supporting new and growing charities reach their goals and help them help people who are in most need of help.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Entry filed under: Big Society, Charities, Funding, Our Community, Philanthropy, Social Enterprise. Tags: , , , , , .

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