Faisal speaks in debate on Supporting Local Charities

Last week I spoke in a debate on how acts of generosity and compassion from local volunteers and charities provide lifelines for people in need. These volunteers are critical to the functioning of our community. They represent the very best of us.

But the Government must build upon this by supporting initiatives to help people of all ages and backgrounds volunteer. There is little evidence to suggest it is committed to doing so. And after over 8 years of Tory austerity, there is an over-reliance on the generosity of local people as a substitute for properly funded local services.

Volunteers should not be expected to pick up the pieces when swingeing Tory cuts shatter our local communities.

If the Government is serious about connecting communities by supporting charities and volunteers, it will make good on the Prime Minister’s promise last year that ‘austerity is over’.

Faisal speaks on how charities and volunteering organisations are an integral part of our society.

'Supporting Local Charities'Last week I spoke on how acts of generosity and compassion from local volunteers and charities provide lifelines for people in need. These volunteers are critical to the functioning of our community. They represent the very best of us.But the Government must build upon this by supporting initiatives to help people of all ages and backgrounds volunteer. There is little evidence to suggest it is committed to doing so. And after over 8 years of Tory austerity, there is an over-reliance on the generosity of local people as a substitute for properly funded local services.Volunteers should not be expected to pick up the pieces when swingeing Tory cuts shatter our local communities.If the Government is serious about connecting communities by supporting charities and volunteers, it will make good on the Prime Minister’s promise last year that 'austerity is over'.

Posted by Faisal Rashid MP on Monday, February 18, 2019

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