Cuts will 'attack vulnerable people', charities say after council's £11m warning
CHARITIES in the city say funding cuts will put thousands of vulnerable people at risk.
Dozens of voluntary associations who currently get a share of £11 million from Hull City Council's Supporting People scheme have received letters saying their grants will not be guaranteed in three months' time.
MONEY WOES: Peter Drinkell, project director of the Doorstep charity, in Fairfax Avenue, west Hull. Picture: Peter Harbour.
They include Case Independent Living, which cares for people with learning disabilities, Hull And East Yorkshire Mind, which focuses on people with mental health problems, and Hull Women's Aid, which aims to protect women at risk of domestic violence.
Supporting People works with 49 organisations to provide 253 different services across Hull and reaches 8,500 vulnerable people.
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Peter Drinkell, project manager at Doorstep, which provides temporary accommodation with support for homeless people, said his organisation was facing redundancies.
He said: "We have £645,000 at risk, which is significant.
"We did expect cuts, but we didn't expect all the funding to be gone.
"The council has made a conscious decision to do what they have done – they have attacked 8,500 vulnerable people.
"We are now busy issuing redundancy notices, as is everybody else."
Richard McKinnon, deputy chief officer of Humbercare Ltd, which helps offenders or people at risk of offending, told the Mail: "This is devastating news and the impact on charities is going to be massive.
"We have been helping people in the city for nine years, but we are set to lose half a million pounds.
"The organisations this will affect go right across the spectrum. This will decimate the voluntary sector across the city.
"Small organisations that have been here for years could be lost and once they've gone, you'll never get them back.
"The wider impact of this will be a risk of things like crime and hospital admissions rising."
Joanna Woolston, of Boothferry Estate, said Humbercare Ltd, which is based in Beverley Road, had turned her life around.
The 39-year-old said: "Humbercare is absolutely fantastic, it changed my life.
"I have been involved with them for six years and now I mentor other people.
"I wanted to become a teaching assistant, but I have just been told the funding for my Hull College course has been cut.
"I feel like I have lost my life again."
Hull City Council told the Mail there may be up to £9 million to invest in grant-funded services, which currently receive £36 million.
Hull City Council leader Councillor Carl Minns said: "Government grants are no longer ring-fenced, the council will have less money to put into grant-funded services next year.
"As a precautionary measure, we have given organisations three months' notice to let them know we cannot guarantee their funding after this period."