↘ The additional funding that FVPS received over the past two fiscal years was not forthcoming in 2011-2012. However, FVPS did receive a modest increase of $7,700 for the fiscal year 2011- 2012. The shortfall in core funding means that the Board will face a significant revenue shortfall along with its annual commitment of fundraising $60,000 to meet its operational budget. A long-term plan for adequate core public support is needed.
↘ In the Advisory Council’s view, the small ($2,300) increase last year to the Rape and Sexual Assault Centre budget is not sufficient to keep pace with increased costs. There has been no increase to their budget this year.
→ The Advisory Council members suggest that the staff at Family Violence Prevention Services and the Rape and Sexual Assault Centre are underpaid for the kind of work they do, dealing with trauma day after day. Council calls on government to support these organizations in a way that allows them to maintain qualified staff and remunerate them well for their work. Government benefits from the work they do, in that it offsets work of social workers and health workers within the public service.
Enhanced core funding for Family Violence Prevention Services and the Rape and Sexual Assault Centre to support them to flourish as community organizations: C
This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.