£500,000 for voluntary and community sector in Portsmouth

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A POT of £500,000 has been announced to support the voluntary and community sector in Portsmouth.

The announcement was made yesterday by council leader, Councillor Donna Jones, as budget papers were published.

She said: ‘As part of our budget proposals, we have set aside half-a-million pounds to support the growth and development of the voluntary and community sector in Portsmouth.

‘These organisations already do a fantastic job providing a range of services across the city and it’s important the council supports them to grow so they are able to provide more quality services for residents, especially in areas like adult social care.

‘The fund will be officially launched at a voluntary sector conference that we are planning in March, when we will look at all the ways the council can work more closely with and support the voluntary sector in Portsmouth.’

The council has to make £37m of savings in the next three years due to government spending cuts with £13m in 2015/16. It has already saved £59m in the past four years.

Plans for next year’s budget are to be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Thursday and the full council meeting on December 9.

The meeting is at 2pm in the council chamber at the Guildhall.