Almost three in five respondents to a survey carried out by the insurance company Zurich Municipal do not believe that charities should take on more public service provision.
The Tough Choices survey, published yesterday, found that 59 per cent of nearly 1,000 people polled thought that charities should not take on more public service delivery. About 31 per cent were concerned that cuts could lead to fewer volunteers and 19 per cent felt that charities were vulnerable to mission drift.
The survey, carried out between June and August, asked about several effects of public sector cuts, including the impact on the voluntary sector. It questioned 998 members of the public, as well as senior public officials and chief executives of voluntary sector organisations.
Members of the public were asked to identify the main issues they felt charities faced. These were: loss of donations; loss of volunteers; the need to provide services no longer provided by government; lower quality of service; and drift from the original purpose of the charity.