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Charities urge increase in local authority funding

A group of London charities wrote to Philip Hammond saying cuts to the public sector had a knock-on effect on charities.

Charities and funders in London have urged the Chancellor of the Exchequer to increase local authority funding in the government's next spending review to prevent the sustainability of London’s voluntary sector coming into "serious doubt".

Thirty London-based voluntary sector organisations signed a letter to Philip Hammond expressing concern about the knock-on effects of recent public sector cuts on charities. London Councils, which represents London's 32 borough councils and the City of London, contacted organisations in the capital asking them to sign the letter.

Signatories include the Advice Services Alliance, Age UK London, London Funders, St Mungo's and Women's Aid. The letter says that since 2010 core funding to London boroughs has fallen by 63 per cent while the city's population has increased by one million.

"London boroughs’ precarious situation has rippled out to affect the capital’s voluntary sector and the people we work with," it says. "It has reduced boroughs’ capacity to support charities and voluntary groups but, more crucially, it has led a larger number of Londoners to turn to the voluntary sector with more severe and complex needs. We are therefore asking you to prioritise greater investment in local public services at the next spending review."

Read: Third Sector - London charities urge Chancellor to increase local authority funding