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The Catholic children’s charity Cabrini is set to make a loss of nearly £1 million this year.
The charity, which operates in the Dioceses of Portsmouth, Arundel and Brighton, and Southwark, has been operating at a significant loss for more than a decade, but a consultation document produced by the charity’s senior management and seen by The Tablet has revealed for the first time the extent of its current deficit.
This year’s forecast loss, of £895,000, is a significant backward step. It lost more than £1 million in 2011/12, but reduced that to £455, 000 the following year. “Clearly this position is not sustainable as these losses are eroding our reserves,” says the document.
Cabrini was due to announce the results of a consultation on a major restructure, to include a number of compulsory redundancies, on Friday. It has proposed confining its services solely to adoption and fostering.
“The charity is not viable as it stands and therefore needs to reduce its operating losses,” says the management.
Losses have been blamed on the lengthy adoption and fostering process, which meant that the charity received less money from local authorities than predicted. Its fundraising income was down and a rise in the level of employer pension contributions had a “significant impact”.
The Church will have to sever altogether its ties with Cabrini if it restricts its activities to adoption and fundraising because the charity places children with gay couples. The Dioceses of Southwark, and Arundel and Brighton, have already instructed parishes not to raise funds for, or donate any money to, the charity.