Refugee Council coping with staggering 62% budget cut
The Refugee Council is to have its government funding cut by almost 62% with cuts to frontline services beginning "almost immediately" and fully implemented in three months' time.
The charity, which relies on the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for 78% of its £20.1m revenue, will have to lose around one third of its 300 staff and close two of its seven centres to meet the cuts of 61.7%.
"The speed and the size of the cuts make it impossible to adapt our services quickly enough to stop people falling through the gaps," said chief executive Donna Covey. "Our clients will either not receive the help they need to accurately make their asylum applications – which means they will be wrongly returned to murderous regimes – or they will be trapped in a limboland of delays, during which they will often be forced into destitution."