Budget boost for Sheffield voluntary sector

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Sheffield’s citizens’ advice service is set to benefit from a funding boost – but more cuts could be on the way for other projects.

The city council has allocated just under £2million from its budget for the next financial year for the Voluntary Sector Grant Aid.

Cash will support the delivery of citizens’ advice services by the newly-formed Sheffield Citizen Advice and Law Centre, as well as providing lunch clubs for older people.

There will also be a discretionary budget set aside for activities designed to help the city’s most vulnerable residents.

But town hall bosses have warned it will be unable to provide funding for new volunteer-led schemes and projects in the wake of Government budget cuts.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities at Sheffield Council, said: “Grant Aid will prioritise activity that we know has a direct benefit and works.

“Unfortunately we won’t be able to fund any new projects and it is likely that we may have to stop funding some activity that either doesn’t address the needs of the most vulnerable or where we know that other funding is available.

“Here we will work with organisations to help them secure funding elsewhere.”