Community groups get cut in funding

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COMMUNITY and voluntary groups are to receive more than £1m funding from Hampshire County Council this year.

But financial cuts mean the groups will receive £80,000 less than last year.

Groups including Hampshire Citizens’ Advice, Community Action Hampshire, and the District Councils of Voluntary Service will each receive a share of the cash.

The county council donates the grants each year to organisations which aim to increase community well-being.

Council leader Ken Thornber said: ‘We have had to reduce costs and expenditure this year and this includes having to reduce the funding we give to outside organisations.

‘We have asked the voluntary and community organisations that this budget supports to take an eight per cent reduction after inflation, which is the same as our departments have taken to help us meet the £55million budget gap for 2011/12.’

The majority of the funding will be awarded to: Citizens Advice, Hampshire – £106,368; Community Action Hampshire – £308,065; District Councils of Voluntary Service – £561,300; Hampshire Association of local councils – £80,733; Victim Support, Hampshire and Isle Of Wight – £15,516; and Relate – £27,319.