Wednesday, 24 November 2010

CALLING ALL HASLINGDEN AND HYNDBURN VOLUNTEERS

MAKE THE MOST OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFER, URGES GRAHAM JONES MP

Graham Jones, MP for Haslingden and Hyndburn today urged volunteers and community sector groups in East Lancashire to take advantage of an offer to meet the Minister for Civil Society and express their concerns over how the government’s cuts are affecting their work.

“Today I received a letter from the Minister for Civil Society with an offer to meet representatives from local voluntary and community sector organisations. In the face of cuts to the government funding which is vital to so many of these groups, I wish to extend this invitation to the volunteers of Haslingden and Hyndburn.”

As well as the chance to hold the government to account, Mr. Jones said he would do everything he could to make sure Hyndburn’s volunteers got their fair share of the £100 million Transition Fund. The Transition Fund is intended to help those groups who are particularly vulnerable to a loss in public grants and contracts.

Mr Jones said: “Charities and voluntary groups can be particularly exposed to the withdrawal of public grants, so if the government is making this money available, I am going to make sure that Haslingden and Hyndburn’s volunteers get everything they are entitled to.”

The Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd outlined his plans in an open letter, available at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/428659/open-letter-to-sector.pdf

Mr Jones added: “Awareness is an issue, and I urge all groups who think they may be entitled to funding to read the open letter from the Minister and lobby the government for funding.”