Rachael Maskell, Unite’s national officer, community and non-profit sector, called on ministers to give the voluntary sector the same concentrated attention that they were giving to bailing out the financial sector.
She said: ‘When you put this £42m in context, given that voluntary organisations employ more than 600,000 staff and look after the growing, recession-driven needs of millions of people, it is a drop in the ocean.
‘The figure we are looking at is £200m as a starting point, with regular reviews as the recession progresses.
‘For many charities, the financial situation is bleak. However, ministers have lavished attention and vast sums of money on the bankers who contributed to this financial crisis.’
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