Our organisation has experienced 40% cuts in funding, and statutory funding represents 98% of our income. Over a third of our services have closed/will close and a third of colleagues have lost their jobs. Those of us left (in fundraising) now face the mammoth task of raising ten times as much voluntary income, with 50% of the staff resource. Those of us who have lost or are at risk of losing their jobs face massive competition in the market place, with twice as many people (at least) going for far, far fewer jobs available. Most of our service users will suffer massively, possibly irrevocably, by the welfare reforms and 90% of our service users are living in poverty. Additionally, several friends and colleagues dread losing their disability living allowance.
I have taken a pay cut of about 14 of my wages to stay on and work for an organisation I love.
Cuts in funding will mean we will no longer be able to sustain current levels of service delivery which is targeted at early identification and intervention with vulnerable families to promote positive outcomes for children and boost parents self confidence, helping them to maximise their and their children's potential.
25 plus have been made redundant from LCVS as a direct result of the governments cuts to the voluntary sector many of whom are now fighting to support their young families as employment in the sector has been made impossible. Good, honest people who have made a valuable contribution in supporting new initiatives, and making a difference across the City of Liverpool, with years of valuable expertise now redundant after giving considerable time and effort in support of so many individuals and organisations over the years.
Our pensioners rely on our classes to keep their mind and body active and to keep in touch with their communities.