Cllr Liz Green today pledged to protect the council’s share of an £800,000 rebate to London Boroughs for grants to local charities.
Almost £16,000 is being returned to Kingston from the regional body London Councils and Liberal Democrats in Kingston believe it is important to protect the funding for voluntary groups.
Kingston is the first borough to pledge to protect this money for local charities, rather than put it into the council’s reserves.
Cllr David Ryder-Mills said:
“During these difficult times, many Tory and Labour councils have slashed grants to local charities.
“But Liberal Democrats understand the value of the voluntary sector, especially in times like these, in building a fairer Kingston and have done everything possible to protect our voluntary sector grants programme.
“This extra money will help us boost our local grants and we will ensure the benefit goes straight to local groups, which are doing such an invaluable job for the hardest pressed people in our society.”