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URGENT! - Cuts to DCC Funding

Proposed DCC Cuts to Funding: Urgent – response needed by 30 April.  

Time Running OutDerbyshire County Council contacted us in February to let us know it proposed changes to the way it funds CVS’ and similar voluntary sector support organisations across the County.

The proposals include an overall cut of 12% to the overall budget, a redistribution of remaining funds so that each district gets an equal grant, and more clarity and consistency about what the grants will achieve.

In the High Peak the changes to the funding allocation will mean a cut of around 44% to take effect from October 2020.

Infrastructure funding in the High Peak is distributed between ourselves and our colleagues at New Mills Volunteer Centre, Connex and The Bureau in Glossop. The potential impact of these cuts is huge for us all.

Before we could share the proposals, and invite you to respond to the county consultation, the COVID-19 epidemic hit us all. We, like all of you, have focussed all our efforts on responding to this - making sure that vulnerable people get support from local voluntary groups and services they know and trust. The response has been incredible and highlights the importance of the voluntary sector across our community.

We wrote to Derbyshire County Council a month ago asking them to extend the consultation deadline until the crisis had passed so that you (and we) would have time to think about the impact it would have and submit a considered response.

Their reply, received today, was that the consultation would end as planned on Thursday 30th April and that they would consider responses received by that date.

We know you are all under huge pressure personally, professionally and, for many of you, as an essential volunteer – which is why we asked for the consultation to be extended. But the deadline is now 3 days away and we need you to respond if you possibly can, on behalf of your voluntary group, or as a local agency we work with, or just as concerned individual residents.

You can respond to the consultation online at: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/vcssupport2020 

Our position

We welcome the longer-term funding commitment. We also understand the principle of each district being funded fairly to provide consistent services, with clearly defined outcomes, across the county. 

However, we are concerned about the impact of the new proposed funding allocation as this will mean cuts to the support we can provide to you, as local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in the High Peak, at a time when we all face so many challenges and are so busy making a difference to those who need us most. We are asking you to respond to the consultation and tell Derbyshire County Council what the impact of this will be.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us directly. We want to continue to support you now and in the future. Now, more than ever, we are all part of a national family of local charities and community groups working together to support communities during this time of crisis.

James Bromley - CEO High Peak CVS 

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