Government has created a ‘funding crisis for charities', says TUC

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date: 8 August 2011

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Commenting on research published today (Monday) by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) which reveals charities are facing cuts totalling nearly £3 billion over the next five years due to government spending cuts, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'This authoritative research shows that for all the warm words about the big society, the government has created a funding crisis for charities with many scaling back or cutting services altogether.

'With the public sector shrinking and voluntary groups focusing on survival rather than expansion, private companies are eyeing up the huge profits to be made from running our public services.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- For more information about the NCVO please visit www.ncvo-vol.org.uk

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