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GREATER SECURITY FOR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS IN ESSEX

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Voluntary organisations across Essex will get greater security and more flexibility thanks to a new way of funding ...
Voluntary organisations across Essex will get greater security and more flexibility thanks to a new way of funding by Essex CC.

Essex social services committee has agreed to grant more than£919,000 a year to 81 voluntary organisations for the next three years. In the past voluntary organisations have had to apply each year for funding.

An extra£92,250 will also be made available in 2000/2001 to fund projects that support local health improvement or community safety priorities.

Pat Pascoe, chair of Essex social services committee, said: 'This new way of funding will enable voluntary organisations to develop their services and allow them to plan on a longer-term basis.'

'This will make our grants to voluntary organisations less bureaucratic and will allow us to better respond to local needs.'

'Voluntary organisations make an extremely valuable contribution to the community's well-being. We are committed to supporting them so they can provide services that complement our own.'

Gwyneth Southgate, chair of the Essex Association of Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS), said: 'This new way of funding is a further demonstration of our successful working relationship with Essex CC. It will give voluntary organisations across Essex funded by the county a greater measure of stability in planning as well as providing the services that are needed.'

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