Fundraising News: Policy panel relays concern on funding to the Home Office

More than three quarters of the members of a 3,600-person panel that informs government on its voluntary sector policy say that lack of funding is holding their organisations back. Some 80 per cent said funding would be their biggest concern in the next three years.

Members of the State of the Sector Panel receive between them around £2bn in funding from various statutory funding sources, including central and local government and the NHS.

Their second biggest concern, at 38 per cent, was shortage of accommodation to house their organisations.

In joint third place, 26 per cent felt government regulation and lack of volunteers were holding back their organisations' work.

The panel, which was set up in 2002 to feed information and views to the Home Office on its target of increasing voluntary and community sector activity, comprises paid staff from charity and voluntary organisations from across the sector, including local, regional, national and international organisations. The findings came from a postal survey of the panel.

Jitinder Kohli, director of the Home Office's Active Communities Directorate, will publish all the findings in January.

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