Tran­si­tion fund­ing to help char­i­ties cope with cuts

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Home­less char­i­ties across West Sus­sex will re­ceive £750,000 in tran­si­tion fund­ing to help them cope with cuts to hous­ing-re­lated sup­port ser­vices.

Back in De­cem­ber West Sus­sex County Coun­cil an­nounced a re­duc­tion in the bud­get from £6.3m to £4.6m in 2019/20 and then to £2.3m in 2020/21.

This will af­fect a num­ber of char­i­ties such as Stonepil­low, Craw­ley Open House, YMCA Downslink Group and Turn­ing Tides.

But the county coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­bers have now an­nounced they are al­lo­cat­ing £750,000 to help or­gan­i­sa­tions make the tran­si­tion to the new ar­range­ments.

The author­ity says the char­i­ties will be able to bid for fund­ing to help with the tran­si­tion to new mod­els of work­ing and part­ner­ships.

Louise Gold­smith, leader of the county coun­cil, said: “We are acutely aware that mak­ing the changes re­quired may be dif­fi­cult for some or­gan­i­sa­tions who help some of our most vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents.

“We have lis­tened care­fully to the feed­back from the pub­lic, our part­ners and the se­lect com­mit­tee and have iden­ti­fied ad­di­tional funds to help them dur­ing a po­ten­tially dif­fi­cult tran­si­tion.

“This fund­ing could be used to help cre­ate some al­ter­na­tive and cre­ative so­lu­tions to some very dif­fi­cult prob­lems.

“At all times West Sus­sex County Coun­cil adults’ ser­vices and the Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, will be there to help.”

The rev­enue bud­get for 2019-2020 goes be­fore Full Coun­cil on Fe­bru­ary 15.

Hous­ing sup­port cuts protest out­side County Hall in Oc­to­ber

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