Fears for Children’s Fund future

    Children’s Fund partnerships were bracing themselves for
    confirmation from children’s minister Margaret Hodge this
    week of funding allocations for 2005/6, writes Shirley

    The Department for Education and Skills announced in February this
    year anticipated cuts of 30 per cent for next year.

    However the government managed to avoid threatened cuts of 15 per
    cent in 2004/05, and charities were hoping the same would happen
    this year.

    Barnardo UK director of operations Chris Hanvey warned that, if the
    expected cuts materialised, they would “erode trust between
    the voluntary sector and the government, damage the smooth
    transition of the Children’s Fund into Children’s Trust
    and undermine planning for smaller organisations”.


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