Fifty-five per cent of voluntary sector leaders are planning to make staff redundant in the next three months, according to new research from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
The latest edition of the NCVO’s quarterly Charity Forecast Survey, published today, shows that the proportion has more than doubled from 26 per cent in December, when the previous edition of the survey was published.
Thirty-five per cent of respondents also said they had plans to reduce the services their charity offered, an increase from 19 per cent in December.
The report also says that the confidence levels of voluntary sector leaders have fallen to their lowest level since the survey began in 2008.
It says 97 per cent of respondents said they thought economic conditions in the voluntary sector would worsen in the next 12 months, and 64 per cent said the situation of their own charity would worsen in that period. In December, 61 per cent said their charity’s situation would worsen in the next 12 months.
The report is based on a survey of 103 charity chief executives, directors, trustees and senior managers, which was carried out by the NCVO in February and March.