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Influencing local spending plans for 2017-2018

Brighton and Hove City Council agreed its annual budget for 2017-2018 at a full council meeting on Thursday 23 February 2017.

Several areas of concern which we raised were listened to and acted upon by the administration and by opposition parties.

We’re pleased that our influencing work, has helped to successfully:

  • ensure youth services run by voluntary and community organisations were fully funded for another year
  • reduce cuts to grants to a number of voluntary and community organisations funded by the council’s Third Sector Investment Programme from 18% to 12%
  • reduce cuts to financial support for short breaks for families with disabled children
  • reduce cuts to community transport services

We’d like to say a big thank you to our members, who shared their views on the council’s budget proposals. And to those who ran their own campaigns and lobbied hard to ensure that the city’s decision-makers were aware of the impact that the initial spending plans would have had on some if the city’s most vulnerable residents.

We’d also like to thank everyone who represented voluntary and community organisation’s concerns in the process, and those who took the time to listen and to act.

 

Our members views

We brought our members views on the impact of the council’s initial spending plans together into a position statement:

 

If your organisation is affected by cuts to local spending plans, then get in touch with our Chief Executive, Sally Polanski on sally@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023

 

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