By Max Clarke

Up to 2,215 charities are facing cuts to their funding as local authorities vie to trim their budgets.

The news, published by anti-cuts website False Economy following a series of freedom of information requests, has sparked anger from third-sector workers and the Trades Union Congress. TUC chief Brendan Barber blasted David Cameron’s Big Society as looking more like a ‘big con’.

“These cuts go deep into the voluntary and community sectors,” False Economy's campaign director Clifford Singer. “These are not just 'nice to have' groups but organisations providing vital services for older people trying to maintain independent lives, vulnerable children and abused women. And with so many of the cuts simply resulting in further pressure on the NHS or other statutory services, they are truly a false economy.”

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