Cash delay cuts off helpline call centres

    An award-winning helpline run by mental health charity Sane is
    to close two of its three call centres in March because of a
    10-month delay in funding by the Department of Health.

    More than 100 volunteers and 12 staff employed at centres in
    Macclesfield and Cheshire will lose their jobs.
    Chief executive Marjorie Wallace said the charity had been forced
    to use £775,000 of cash from its reserves to keep the helpline
    running because of the delay.

    She added that the Department of Health had offered no
    explanation as to why it had not provided the expected £1m to
    run the service and the charity could no longer fund it.

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