The income of the local infrastructure body Navca nearly halved last year, according to the charity’s latest accounts.
The figures, released at its annual general meeting in London yesterday, show that its income fell by 43 per cent to £1,845,446 in 2011/12, from £3,235,467 in the previous financial year.
Navca said it had planned for the decrease and reined in its spending, which fell from £3,257,747 to £1,849,491 over the same period. Its deficit for the year was £4,045, compared with £22,280 in the previous year.
The accounts show that it reduced its staffing levels from 37 to 20.5 over the course of the year. Its staff costs fell accordingly, from £1,441,765 in 2010/11 to £901,882 last year.
Joe Irvin, chief executive of Navca, said the fall in income was the result of the ending of lottery projects and the infrastructure programme ChangeUp, and the phasing out of Office for Civil Society funding.
"We have had to cut our cloth accordingly, which is why we restructured in 2010," he said. "In 2011/12 we were successful in breaking even when we originally budgeted for a small deficit.
"The fall in funding we have faced is also being faced by most national and local infrastructure bodies. It means that local charities and community groups are not always able to get the level of support they previously enjoyed."
Navca’s accounts show that its membership stood at 371 at the end of the financial year. A spokesman said the fall in numbers – down from 401 in the previous year – was mainly due to mergers.
The umbrella body gave £124,906 of grants to members in 2011/12, up from £108,500 during the previous 12 months.