More than half of infrastructure bodies report cutting staff

Capacitybuilders survey finds it is the most common response to reductions in funding


More than half of local voluntary sector support providers have cut staff numbers in the past four months, according to a Capacitybuilders survey.

Figures published this week by the infrastructure body show that 52 per cent of the 325 respondents to the email survey had cut staff in the past four months. The figure was up from 28 per cent in the last survey in October 2010.

According to the survey, "cutting staff" has overtaken "increasing collaboration" (48 per cent) as the most common action being taken by support providers, such as councils of voluntary service, in response to funding cuts.

It is the last such survey Capacitybuilders will carry out because it will lose its funding from government at the end of March.

Fifty six per cent reported a fall in income while 14 per cent reported an increase in income. In the October 2010 survey, the figure were 44 per cent and 22 per cent.

Almost half of respondents reported cuts in funding from local authorities, compared with 22 per cent in the first survey, which took place in May 2009.

A third of respondents have experienced a reduction in income from grant-giving bodies or trusts, and 26 per cent reported cuts in funding from national government.

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