Children's charities fear closing in recession

40 per cent say funding is precarious

Four out of 10 small children's charities could be forced to close because of the recession, according to a survey by Children England, the umbrella group for children's charities.

The Small Change report, which will be published on Monday, will reveal that 40 per cent of children's charities say they are in a vulnerable funding position and could close if anticipated funding does not come through.

Organisations with incomes of between £50,000 and £250,000 feel most at risk, with 55 per cent fearing closure.

Many children's charities are already cutting back: 28 per cent said they had issued redundancy notices in the past year or anticipated having to do so by the end of the year.

"Many small children's charities are facing financial uncertainty and possible closure, a situation that is likely to get worse as the economic downturn kicks in further," said Joe Levenson, director of policy and communications at Children England.

"There is an urgent need for the Government to provide long-term funding and to engage with all parts of the voluntary sector. There is also a greater need than ever for children's charities, big and small, to work together to highlight where vital services are coming under threat."

A total of 125 organisations with annual incomes of less than £250,000 participated in the survey in November.

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