The Refugee Council is to have its government funding cut by almost 62% with cuts to frontline services beginning "almost immediately" and fully implemented in three months' time.
The charity, which relies on the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 78% of its £20.1m revenue, will have to lose around one third of its 300 staff and close two of its seven centres to meet the cuts of 61.7%. See Guardian report here. This is terrible, terrible, terrible....once again cuts hitting some of the most vulnerable people....who was it who said something like..."The moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members.
Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, said: “Savage cuts to the refugee charity sector will force people who have already fled torture, conflict and persecution in their own countries to suffer even further while seeking safety in the UK. This is unacceptable. Asylum seekers and refugees depend on the specialist services and expertise of refugee charities to enable them to rebuild their lives. Sixty years on from the UN Convention for Refugees, which has saved countless lives, it is imperative our government continues to protect those seeking refuge in the UK today. They must do this by ensuring the organisations that support them can carry on with their life-changing work.” See full Refugee Council statement here.