Hampshire’s voluntary groups handed £1m in council awards

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HAMPSHIRE County Council has awarded more than £1m in grants to voluntary organisations.

The groups – which work to help improve the wellbeing of Hampshire communities – received the money for the 2012/13 financial year.

The Hampshire organisations that received the most funding in the Policy and Resources Decision Day, last Thursday, were District Councils of Voluntary Service, which received over £500,000, the Community Action Hampshire group, which received £268,000 and Citizens Advice which received nearly £100,000.

Charities Victim Support and Relate were also awarded grants of £14,500 and £26,000 respectively.

The leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Ken Thornber, said: ‘Despite the financial challenges that we currently face, this investment of over £1m demonstrates the immense value that we place on working with these groups and their important work in local communities.

‘As we look to reduce our costs and expenditure once again this year, and deliver significant savings in response to lower levels of government funding, we have to prioritise our work to ensure that front-line services remain protected.’