Third sector organisations in receipt of the Integrated Grant Fund recently received communications from Glasgow City Council about the anticipated cuts to this funding. GCVS is extremely concerned about the potentially devastating impact this will have for third sector organisations and particularly their most vulnerable service users.
Last week, the sector’s concerns over IGF cuts were reported in articles in both the Evening Times and Herald. Shortly after the article was published Glasgow City Council has issued 3 month extension to existing funding arrangements.
In the Evening Times article Helen Macneil, Chief Executive of Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, said:
“All third sector funds have already been hit hard in recent years, so there is no slack.
“IGF resources are already insufficient to meet the needs of the most vulnerable citizens in the city and any further cuts to this and other budgets will have a detrimental impact on both the really vital preventative work and crisis response work being delivered by voluntary sector organisations and groups in the city.”
Alan Benson, Chairman of the Third Sector Forum said:
“No third sector organisation should suffer any funding cuts. The news that the sector is facing cuts once again is alarming, particularly at a time when so many of these charities are facing an increased demand for their services.
“Many organisations have told the Third Sector Forum they are already on a knife edge and even the smallest cut would place them in an unbearable situation.”
Councillor Susan Aitken said:
“A three year grant funding deal was agreed on the understanding that this would provide organisations with some stability and the ability to plan ahead, and many organisations will – in good faith – have already committed the funds they were told they could expect,” she said.
“To now tell them all that might be retrospectively changed will cause enormous concern, disruption and stress, for the people working in the third sector and for the Glaswegians who use and greatly value the services it provides.”
Ms Aitken added: “Community organisations provide preventative services and support that save the council and the wider public sector incalculable amounts of money. The Labour administration must say whether it is committed to building a sustainable future for the third sector in Glasgow, or if it is happy to risk sending these organisations to the wall.”