Analysis: comprehensive spending review

We look at what the CSR is likely to mean for the voluntary sector in the months and years ahead

Charities might get bigger role in offender rehab work
Charities might get bigger role in offender rehab work

Voluntary organisations are bracing themselves for cuts and closures after this week's comprehensive spending review.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, is expected to announce savage public spending reductions over the next three years, which could devastate many state-funded charities.

Employment and training organisations could be in the most peril - according to the NCVO's UK Civil Society Almanac 2010, they receive 70 per cent of their income from the statutory sector, 19 percentage points more than education and law and advocacy charities, which are jointly second.

Government-funded arts, sport and heritage charities, and third sector organisations delivering community schemes, are also vulnerable because the budgets of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Communities and Local Government are expected to be among the worst hit.

The charity sub-sectors least dependent on state funding are grant-making (3 per cent), research (7 per cent) and religion (15 per cent).

Health charities might also escape lightly: the Department of Health's budget is likely to be protected and NHS reforms could open the market to voluntary and private sector providers. Pledges to protect overseas aid budgets might help NGOs.

Local authority-funded charities might have to wait longer to learn their fates. Just over half of voluntary sector statutory funding comes from councils, which could take several months to set new budgets.

How much state funding does the sector get? And who relies on it most?

70% - State income of employment and training sub-sector

51% - State income of law and advocacy, education, and housing sub-sectors

50% - State income of social services sub-sector

- Read what policy officers from Acevo, NCVO, Heritage Alliance and Navca have to say on the spending cuts

- See what columnist Craig Dearden-Phillips believes charities should do

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