Black group plans lobbying push

Black and minority ethnic (BME) group V4CE is to lobby the Government to keep ­existing grant funding arrangements for BME ­communities.

The body is concerned that the Government will adopt measures proposed in the Commission for Integration and Cohesion’s ­report Our Shared Future. The report argues that ­single-group funding should be the exception, not the norm.

If the Government supports this measure in its ­formal ­reply in January, V4CE says BME groups may lose out on vital funding.

The body is urging its members – 18 BME sector groups – to present case studies of ­local grant-funded voluntary action to highlight the importance of this funding.

Head of campaigns Martin Ball said: ‘We want the Department for Communities and Local Government to reject this single-funding proposal and to discourage other funding bodies from implementing it.’

The body will urge groups to meet with local MPs and write to regional media. It is also holding a national roadshow to meet regional group members face to face.

V4CE – Voice4Change England – was launched last month to combat a perceived breakdown in communication between BME organisations and support bodies.

A recent report alleged that nearly 72 per cent of BME groups make no ‘meaningful use’ of services available to them.

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