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Should charities be given more financial help?

Hundreds of vulnerable people could be at risk after a mental health charity was forced to axe half of its workforce and ditch vital services.

Mental health charity Hartlepool Mind has had to slash half of its 40-strong workforce in the wake of savage budget cuts.

Many of the staff who have lost their jobs include trained counsellors who helped people deal with a range of issues including alcohol, stress and relationship problems.

And the cuts mean vulnerable people referred to Mind could have to wait up to three months to be assessed and offered help, compared to three days before the cuts.

It comes at a time when Mind has seen unprecedented demand for its services due to the recession, and suicides rates in the town have risen.

Today we ask, should charities be given more financial help?

• In Friday’s Mail we failed to publish the vote result due to a production error.

Our question asked: Should a vote of no confidence have been proposed over the closure of Hartlepool’s A&E department?

You voted: Yes 78% No 22%