Isn’t this just a way of getting us to cut ourselves?

The overall amount of funding for public services is reducing so there will be a natural expectation for the voluntary sector to deliver services effectively but with less money (‘the more for less’ agenda).  There is no way of avoiding this.

The consortium is not the instigator of this – it is simply a response to the situation and a concerted attempt to safeguard the sector through the challenging times ahead.

What would the alternative be?  If we didn’t have the consortium the cuts would still be with us and we would be much more exposed to competition from the private sector and big national players.  Without the consortium we might be forced into mergers in order to create efficiency savings.  At least with the consortium, we can rationalise but without having to surrender our independence and autonomy.