FAO: the Department of Communities and Local Government. (Grant Shapps)
I read a response yesterday to an article about Supporting People cuts that said the voluntary sector was corrupted.
The general thrust of the argument; that Government funding of charities was wrong. State funding took away the right of the masses to decide alone which charities prospered or which went under.
Natural selection in the voluntary sector. Get donations from the public or disappear and fold. It is quite a seductive argument.
That is, until you consider the reason why we do not have Capital punishment in Britain. We don't have it because the general public have never been given the opportunity to vote for it. If they were, we'd have state sponsored executions.
Sometimes, doing what is popular is entirely separate to doing what is right. A good political administration would recognise this.
Some of the clients the voluntary sector work with are 'unpopular'. Most people have very little understanding of drug users, offenders and anti social behaviour. Most people wouldn't want their taxes going anywhere near 'these kinds of people'.
This is why the Supporting People ring fence needs to be reinstated. Allow the voluntary sector to keep the lid on the worst excesses and carry on repairing the fabric of our society.
Do the right thing and take your medicine Grant Shapps and we'll do our best to try to cure some of our city and county ills.