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New guidance attempts to stop local authorities from cutting disproportionately

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Mon, 05/09/2011

Local authorities should not make cuts to the voluntary sector that are larger than those they are experiencing themselves, according to new guidance issued last Friday.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said that the communities secretary Eric Pickles had issued the refreshed, simplified guidance to local authorities in order to try to prevent them from making disproportionate cuts to the voluntary sector.

The Guidance comes a week after Compact Voice wrote to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, calling for the government to take more leadership on the Compact and to embed its principles within the Guidance.

The guidance states: “Authorities should seek to avoid passing on disproportionate reductions - by not passing on larger reductions to the voluntary and community sector and small businesses as a whole, than they take on themselves.”

The DCLG added that in deciding how to fulfil their 'Best Value Duty', councils will be required to consult those using, or likely to use, a local service, including community and voluntary organisations.

Source: Civil Society Media