More funding for third sector – UNISON

Wednesday July 27th, 2011

UNISON is warning that funding for support for voluntary projects in health and social care, outlined by Care Service Minister, Paul Burstow, does not spread far enough.

The union is worried that project funding will be based on who can provide the cheapest service. Patients will not be protected when the money runs out.

The union is urging the Government to confirm the level of protection for charities from the Health and Social Care Bill’s Any Qualified Provider plan, which opens organisations up to private companies.

UNISON’s Head of Health, Christina McAnea, said: “The voluntary sector has an excellent track record in running niche services alongside the care given by the NHS. Great examples of this can be found in the work of many of the mental health charities. However, current Government policy makes the future for this type of project uncertain”

“The Government must rethink its Big Society agenda, which is simply a collection of plots to force charities into a competitive market – seriously damaging the voluntary sector and the communities it supports.”

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