UK Spending Cuts Put Volunteering At Risk, Charity Head Says

Spending cuts the U.K. is poised to implement on various government departments are threatening volunteerism and undermining U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s “big society” initiative, the head of the country’s largest volunteering charity says.

The planned cuts would shut down several volunteering programs and prevent people from doing more in the communities, Elisabeth Hoodless, the outgoing executive director of Community Service Volunteers, told BBC.

“We know we need to save money, but there are other ways of saving money without destroying the volunteer army,” she added.

Despite the U.K. government ringfencing the country’s foreign aid budget, its recently unveiled spending plan is expected to impact local charities, some of which are also doing international work.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.