Charities wait to count cost of cuts


Manchester charities face a nervous few weeks as they wait to see how swingeing council cuts impact on their services.

Salford City Council last week approved a cost-slashing budget, having already cut £118 million since 2010. Allocations will be reduced by £56 million over the next two years, including a £31 million reduction for 2015.

At Manchester's major Jewish welfare charity, The Fed, chief operating officer Mark Cunningham pledged to do everything possible to maintain services.

But given previous cutbacks, the stage had been reached "where there's very little left to cut that won't have a very significant impact.

"We're optimistic that we will retain a reasonable level of funding. We provide excellent quality services and they're value for money. But it doesn't matter how much value for money you provide if there's no money."

Council funding for most of The Fed's services had been cut by more than 17 per cent over the past five years, from £120,000 to £99,000 annually. The Fed's Heathlands Village care home had lost nearly £50,000 in yearly funding.

Interlink, the umbrella charity supporting the strictly Orthodox community, also expects to be affected by the council cuts.

Salford Mayor Ian Stewart said the council could not protect services from reduced financial backing: "We just do not have the money to do that.

"All our services will need to change, some may disappear and some may be delivered by other organisations alone, or in partnership with the council."

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