More than half of London's community organisations cut services last year

Research by the London Voluntary Service Council says most expect to make more cuts and few are confident they can cope with increased demand

London Voluntary Service Council
London Voluntary Service Council

Just over half of voluntary and community organisations in London axed services last year because of public spending cuts, according to new research.

A poll carried out by the London Voluntary Service Council found that 51 per cent of organisations had closed services in the last 12 months.

According to the research, preventive services are being "disproportionately cut, particularly in advice, health and children & young people’s services".

Other findings include:

- 54 per cent expect more services to close in 2011/12

- 86 per cent expect demand for their services to increase in 2011/12

- 77 per cent are not confident they can meet increases in demand in 2011/12

- 77 per cent expect public sector funding of their organisation to fall in 2011/12.

A total of 120 organisations responded to the survey in April and May this year.

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the LVSC, said the number of organisations cutting services was "higher than he expected".

He said: "Preventive services are being disproportionately cut, which costs more money in the long run. And the cuts being imposed on the voluntary sector are higher than those imposed on the government and local authorities."

Lewis said this was contrary to the government’s claim that it didn’t want disproportionate cuts passed on to the voluntary sector.

The survey showed that "the poorest Londoners are suffering the most", he said.

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