Charities have labelled plans to use clothes banks to fund council services as a “regressive” act that would reduce their income by hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.
The criticism follows plans announced by Brighton and Hove City Council to take control over textile banks on local authority land and reinvest up to £104,000 raised annually into improved recycling services.
Oh noes! Charities losing money? However will they feed and house the helpless poor afford new carpet for their HQ?
Local charities and organisations could then bid for the remaining 10 per cent of income raised under a new recycling reward fund.
There! You see? It’s not all bad news!
Brighton and Hove City Council bosses said the current system is run for the benefit of a small number of national charities and not for those operating locally.
There are currently 64 sites with textile banks, with the majority on council land and many installed by national charities with no formal approval or agreement, according to council officers.
Oh, really? Squatters! Throw ‘em off! No more free rides, parasites!
You want to be like businesses, so…be like businesses! Pay your way.