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Volunteers up fight over service cuts

posted 16 Jan 2009, 06:26 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 16 Jan 2009, 06:28 ]
A fight to secure money for volunteer-led projects in the north of the city continues as groups plan to call in the ombudsman for help.

Community activists in the Forth area are continuing their campaign to obtain money for schemes, following a £700,000 drop last year in allocation through the Fairer Scotland Fund.

Last week, Forth's Voluntary Sector Forum met to discuss the issue, after the service cuts left the future of many groups hanging in the balance.

Chairman Dave Pickering said: "There was unanimous agreement that if the council will not work with us to defend services in Forth, we should take our case to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman."

He said the forum would continue to work "with anybody and everybody" to explore all available options before going any further.

Source: Edinburgh Evening News