Budget Maintained for Thirdparty Agencies

first_imgThe Department of Community Services is letting the agencies and organizations it funds know that their budgets will be maintained at last year’s levels. Community Services Minister Chris d’Entremont is sending written confirmation to more than 200 organizations that their operating budgets will not be cut. “I’m pleased that we are able to protect the programs and services that many Nova Scotians depend upon,” said Mr. d’Entremont. The government is preparing to table its 2009-10 budget in the legislature in the coming weeks. Declining revenues and increasing costs are making it a challenging process. Finance Minister Jamie Muir said, “All government departments, agencies, boards and other funded organizations are being asked to work with us to find ways to keep spending down or at least slow its growth.” Community Services provides about $230 million to a wide variety of organizations and agencies that deliver programs and services to clients. Mr. d’Entremont said securing $155 million to devote to the provincial poverty strategy is a huge accomplishment in these difficult financial times. Released on April 3, the strategy will focus on training for low-skilled workers, increasing affordable housing and improving benefits for low-income families.last_img read more