Following Cabinet approval, Northumberland County Council has published revised budget proposals for 2019-2022.  At a recent Cabinet meeting, agreement was reached to slash funding to the voluntary and community sector, reducing the VCS Support Services Commission from £137,500 to £100,000 - a drop of over 27%.  The commission represents the only generic financial support the Council offers to VCS infrastructure organisations to provide advice and support services to charities and community groups across the county.

A budget gap across all NCC services of £36 million has been identified for the year 2019-22, and the council intends to work up detailed proposals over the coming months to address this, in consultation with residents, businesses, stakeholders and key partners.