Huge reductions in public spending are leading to real fears that funding for the Black Voluntary Sector will be virtually extinguished in a huge round of local Authority, regional and central Government spending cuts.
With anticipated cuts in the region of 25 – 35% expected in the coming financial year the impact on black voluntary sector could be devastating.
National and regional networks alongside vital local projects will face complete withdrawal of funding or dramatic reductions.
The impact will lead to massive redundancies and withdrawal of services leaving many people without the support of much needed local services.
In particular youth services those targeting specific cultural services to the elderly and childcare can expect to be hardest hit at the local level. At the national level organisations can expect strict ‘ value for money “ tests and we can expect major casualties as a consequence.
Local communities will need to rely on ensuring that funding bodies conduct ‘ race equality impact “ test if they are to avoid disproportionate impact on black communities.
In the coming months the black voluntary sector will face its biggest challenge ever. The aftermath may well leave black communities in the same position as those experienced during the 1980’s with acute need in terms of demands for services and virtually nor resources to meet that demand.
Given the fact that black communities are already suffering serious social stresses as evidenced by increased levels of teenage murders, unemployment and educational failure such reductions in funding can only lead to increased levels of social stress.
These will be difficult times ahead.