Local Charities led by Support Staffordshire write open letter to MPs on austerity
Wed 18 Sep 2019
A group of influential local charities have written an open letter to MPs asking them to recognise the serious impacts of ongoing austerity on local services across both the voluntary sector and local statutory providers. The letter penned by Garry Jones, Chief Executive of Support Staffordshire is written with the support of other members of Team Staffordshire, a local representative body for the voluntary sector.
In the letter, MPs are asked to raise these serious concerns with their Ministerial colleagues and to recognise that central government is out of touch with local communities. ‘We have a lot of empathy for local councils and the NHS, who are faced with a series of bad options, forced upon them by central government austerity,’ said Mr Jones, ‘local services have been hit disproportionately by funding cuts and the recent announcement that no departments will receive further cuts next year is little consolation to services which have already been cut to the bone and face ever growing demand.’
There is little point in the voluntary sector calling for investment, if our partners in local government have no room for manoeuvre – that’s why we must stand alongside them and make our views known to central government.. I hope our MPs will listen and agree to meet with us.
To see a full copy of the letter, see below.