Cuts will further marginalise the poor and disabled of British society. The voluntary sector has had to develop in order to plug the gaps left by successive discriminatory government policies. Cuts in funding will mean that voluntary agencies can no longer help those people who slip through the benefit net causing extreme hardship and distress to those already struggling.
I may lose my job or take a big pay cut due to the costs, and the clients I work with will end up getting workers that don't have the appropriate training for less money when this happens.
I have worked for Nacro for 5 years providing a resettlement helpline service to ex-offenders. This is now under threat of closure in September due to government spending cuts. 20% of Nacro's budget has been cut, and our CEO is moving Nacro in a direction where it can no longer provide a clear voice of rational and reasonable criminal justice policy critique, owing to the closeness with which the organisation has been moved to government in order to secure the (cut) funding. Payment by results means services will no longer have the stability and robustness to work with chaotic service users, who cannot be treated like commodities.
I work for a small national charity. We run 3 volunteering programs, all of which encourage individuals with anxiety and depression to take action to support others similarly effected and it has excellent outcomes in terms of recovery and helping people with more complex and longstanding problems gain the confidence to return to work. We are an enterprising charity, but are struggling at the moment to make ends meet, we have lost our funding from the department of health, and it is becoming impossible to obtain funding from grants due to the moving of goal posts for eligibility. We are doing our best to make it on our own by selling products in our online shop, and getting support from our members but we may still face redundancies by the end of the year. Big society requires an infrastructure to support it, that is why charities need funds. We work in an extremely lean way - just an additional 50k per year would be enough to support us to support nearly 200 volunteers and 3 projects in our local community and across the UK.
I manage a young carers project and we have had funding for our project cut by over half. Because of this and the fact that most of the family services have been cut in our borough there is very little family support. Therefore we have had to cut all young carers activities and focus on early intervention prevention work with YC's and their families.