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Crisis Support and Community Care Fund (£170,000)

Future Funds

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Over 1,500 Darlington residents have made use of the support from this service in 2015 and it is expected that even more could require support in the future as austerity continues to hit some much harder than others.  The proposal made here is to maintain just under half of the current funding for the function.   Furthermore, it is proposed to identify a voluntary sector organisation to manage the fund which might increase the reach of the fund and which might help to sustain the voluntary organisation.  This, in turn, would ensure that there is some community-based support as the voluntary sector face a range of budget reductions locally.

[Reference: Cabinet papers, Item 6, paragraph 52(j)]



Keywords: Voluntary sector VCS

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What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

We fully support the work of our voluntary sector partners and hope to continue to work with them in the future. However, the financial situation is such that the Council is not able to continue funding these organisations at current levels. The likely impact of the budget proposals on these organisations is currently being identified, following discussions with the organisations most affected. We hope that they are able to continue their work by looking at where they can make further cost and efficiency savings, but we appreciate that in some cases this may not be possible and it will therefore mean a reduction in the support they can offer to the residents of Darlington.  It could lead to the closure of organisations if they are unable to make the necessary changes for them to be sustainable, which will be very regrettable. We want to avoid this happening and we will support organisations making grant applications where we can. We will also be undertaking work to understand the impact of any reductions in service on individuals accessing them. 

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2 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal


FF 52j (Crisis Support and Community Care Fund)

Why should pensioners with small private pensions find them selves paying towards social care for some people who have never provided for there retirement and have. lived on benefits for most of there life and because of this the pensioner who has worked but only has a very small private pension is worse of because they have to pay for every thing where as the person on social care gets every thing paid for how can that be right to reward people for working should surely be the why to go

FF 52j (Crisis Support and Community Care Fund)

As per other feedback I have submitted I agree that the crisis element should sit alongside the financial advice. I also agree that the Community Care Fund comes out as an opportunity to the voluntary sector not only because it is difficult times for the voluntary sector but also because it is where it sits best. A lot of the people accessing this fund are known to the voluntary sector, in particular housing related support services and having to approach such an organisation would ensure that other elements of potential support are explored fully.