13 May 2007

More bad news for charities in Hammersmith & Fulham

Having already made big cuts in grants to voluntary organisations in Hammersmith & Fulham (see previous blogs), the Tory council is now planning to cut non-domestic rate relief to charities in the borough.

The decision by Cllr Lillis is contained in a report to this week's Cabinet meeting.

Reducing rate relief from 2008-9 is expected to save the council £350,000 a year but the report says only part of this will be used towards voluntary sector funding in the future.

The continued squeeze of the voluntary sector in Hammersmith & Fulham runs counter to the support being given by David Cameron to the sector in the Conservatives' policies nationally.

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