The Capital's Green MEP, Jean Lambert, has today slammed Tory councils' plan to cut grant funds for London's charities and warned that social issues would simply spiral out of control without them.
The first Association of London Government (ALG) Grants Committee meeting since Labour's losses in the local elections outlined a 33% cut in the £28million fund annually distributed to voluntary groups across London. Without this vital support key charities and organisations, such as women's refuge centres supporting communities across London, will inevitably fail.
Jean, who has been London's Green MEP since 1999 and lived in the city for over thirty years, today said such cuts would be a devastating blow to the Capital's vital support network.
Jean commented; "The charities and organisations funded through grants are a silent force working quietly throughout society and more often than not are being taken for granted. It isn't until people have a personal need for assistance that their full strength and necessity is truly recognised.
"The ALG simply can not pull the plug on funds that Londoners have all come to rely on. We would immediately notice the absence of these services with inevitable repercussions throughout society, something we should not be putting at risk.
"If Tory council's really do intend on carrying out the cuts a support plan must be installed to address the problems these charities and organisations deal with on a daily basis."
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.