More than four out of five infrastructure organisations think that the financial position of their local voluntary sector will get worse over the coming year, a survey suggests.
Research by the infrastructure umbrella body Navca found that 81 per cent of respondents thought the financial position of their local voluntary sector would become worse in the next 12 months – the highest figure for two years.
Just 10 per cent thought that the financial position would improve.
The figures are based on the latest in a series of quarterly surveys Navca has carried out with a representative panel of about 30 local infrastructure organisations since July 2012.
The latest poll, carried out in January, found that despite the pessimism for the local voluntary sector, 43 per cent of respondents were feeling very or somewhat optimistic about the prospects for their organisations. Twenty-four per cent said they were feeling very or somewhat pessimistic.
Neil Cleeveley, chief executive of Navca, said the findings were a mixed bag. "They have parallels with Change for Good, the report of the Independent Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure, which also found signs of a renewed confidence about the role and purpose of local infrastructure," he said.
"However, there is still this disconnect between what politicians say and what they do. They say they want to help local charities and volunteers to support communities, but are not providing the support necessary to make it happen."