Charities And The Cuts

How charities are affected by and coping with government funding cuts and the recession.

Analysis & Comment On The Cuts

Sir Stuart Etherington

NCVO survey shows charity chiefs more positive about the future

But the overall picture remains grim, according to umbrella body's chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington


Charity leaders' confidence reaches a new low, NCVO survey finds

Nearly all respondents to the quarterly Charity Forecast think economic conditions will be 'negative' over the next 12 months

Voluntary sector workforce has fallen

Number of voluntary sector staff fell by five per cent in year to June

Labour Force Survey shows that the figures have contracted for two consecutive quarters and hourly rates of pay have fallen

Holyrood: home of the Scottish government

Scottish third sector budget down from £27m to £24.5m a year until 2015

Announcement by John Swinney of the Scottish government says funding for Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator will also be cut

Volunteers are replacing staff

Analysis: Balancing staff with volunteers

When charities are forced to make redundancies, some bring in more volunteers. Stephen Cook and Ben Cook discover that it's a sensitive subject in the sector, and Mark Wilding talks to three charities about how they're handling it

National Deaf Children's Society

National Deaf Children's Society secures 'landmark' decision for deaf children

After a legal challenge, Stoke-on-Trent City Council has agreed to reconsider its decision to cut support services for deaf children

Communities and Local Government department

Guidance to local authorities on funding voluntary sector is 'a step in the right direction'

Navca, Aveco and Locality give guarded welcome to government 'best value' guidance

Charity cuts

Analysis: New data indicates the scale of charity cuts

But Kaye Wiggins finds scant confidence in the sector that the data will lead to changes in government policy

Karl Wilding, head of policy and research, NCVO

Public funding for charities to fall by £2.8bn over next five years, NCVO warns

Umbrella body predicts central and local government spending on the voluntary sector will drop from £11.8bn in 2010/11 to £10.89bn in 2015/16, if cuts are passed on proportionately

Liverpool among councils cutting voluntary sector funding

Sector will lose £110m in local authority funding, says False Economy

Union-backed website estimates that more than 2,000 charities will lose funding this year, with Liverpool and Birmingham making the biggest cuts

Charity Market Monitor

Analysis: Charity income starts to slide

Marked fall has followed robust rise for charity income over five years characterised by economic turbulence. David Ainsworth looks at the latest figures from Charity Market Monitor

Austerity Watch panel members (l-r) Craig Dearden-Phillips, Dame Mary Marsh, Toby Blume, Cathy Pharoah and Helen Simmons

Austerity Watch: 'There's a lot more pain to come'

At the second meeting of Third Sector's Austerity Watch panel, members agreed that the sector was suffering badly, but were divided on how it should react. John Plummer reports

Council cuts are affecting the sector

Analysis: Sector budgets feel the squeeze

Despite government pressure on councils to avoid 'easy' cuts, voluntary sector budgets have been slashed by nearly a fifth in the coming financial year, a Third Sector survey indicates. John Plummer interprets the figures

Eric Pickles

Pickles says councils that make disproportionate cuts could face 'statutory force'

Communities secretary tells NCVO conference he expects councils not to cut voluntary sector budgets more deeply than their own

Big Fund

First Transition Fund beneficiaries announced

Eighteen charities have been allocated total of £1.7m from government fund administered by the Big Lottery Fund


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Film charity to close with the loss of 15 jobs

Film charity to close with the loss of 15 jobs

Film Education, which works with schoolchildren, lost 60 per cent of its funding after the industry body Cinema First switched its backing


Sunderland women's charity Bridge goes into administration

Four centres in the north east of England to close because of financial difficulties

CoastNet's Villa Crossmedia project

Charity for coastal communities goes into administration

CoastNet is in talks with other organisations about transferring some of its projects

Wiltshire Mind

Wiltshire Mind to close in December due to lack of funding

Mental health charity has financed itself using its reserves for the past two years

Charity for families of prisoners could close

Charity for families of prisoners could close in two months

David Doonan, chief executive of Support, Help and Advice for Relatives and Friends of Prisoners, says it would take a miracle to save the charity

Mark Goldring

Up to 30 staff could go at Mencap

Chief executive Mark Goldring says charity's plans to save £1.5m have come about because of the loss of local authority funding

BXL Services

Birmingham education charity BXL Services closes with 26 job losses

All employees are made redundant after no purchaser for the charity was found

Steve Conway, chief executive of Erskine

Thirty-seven jobs at risk in satellites of Erskine

Losses of nearly £500,000 force veterans charity in Scotland to consult staff at Erskine Print and Erskine Furniture over job losses

Jon Barrick

Stroke Association to axe 28 jobs

The association's chief executive Jon Barrick says it faced a budget deficit of £1.5m

Martin Suthers

'Disproportionate cuts' guidance is unreasonable, Nottinghamshire County Council says

Deputy leader Martin Suthers responds to criticism of the council's 34 per cent cuts to the voluntary sector


Liverpool cuts its sector grants budget by 17.5 per cent

The local authority will also reduce its arts and youth services budgets

Ian Oakley-Smith, joint administrator, director and head of charity advisory at PwC

Learning and Skills Network goes into administration

Education charity's income, which came mainly from government contracts, fell sharply in the past two years

Tim Brogden, policy and networks development officer at the Voluntary Sector Forum

London Councils plans to cut voluntary sector grants by three quarters from 2013

Consultation document proposes scheme will be worth £8m a year from 2013/14 onwards, with a transitional budget of £10m for 2012/13

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice bureaux funding 'cut by 10 per cent on average'

National advice organisation says cuts are disrupting its front-line services

Tyne Bridge

A quarter of charities in the North East say they might close within a year

Funding cuts take their toll on the region's charities as demand for their services increases

Paul Brant, deputy leader, Liverpool City Council

Analysis: Liverpool cuts - The council wields the axe but is spared blame

Local charities are resisting suggestions that the council has treated them unfairly

Paul Jackson, chair of TimeBank

TimeBank to cut staff by a third after funding loss

Volunteering charity will also scale back its services after its £500,000 application for strategic partners funding was rejected

London Councils

London Councils reduces cut to borough grants scheme by £3m

Voluntary sector grants programme will be worth £20.77m this year after a second consultation ordered by the courts

Clinks report

More than two-thirds of criminal justice charities make staff redundant, survey shows

Umbrella body Clinks also finds most organisations working with offenders say more people are seeking their help

Shelter helps families living in overcrowded conditions

Shelter plans to make 44 staff redundant, says Unite

Trade union claims the charity is making the cuts after losing some contracts

High Court

Birmingham City Council's removal of funding from 13 advice charities is ruled unlawful

But the High Court says only the three that took part in the case should have their funding reinstated

Cabinet Office

Charities confirm loss of funding from strategic partners programme

Current recipients had to re-apply for the scheme, which will be phased out by 2014


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