Income down in Northern Ireland

7.2 per cent fall in three years, Nicva survey finds

The income of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland has fallen further, new figures reveal.

State of the Sector V, the latest such survey from the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, published on 25 February, shows that the income of the sector dropped by 7.2 per cent to £570m between 2003/4 and 2006/7.

The last such Nicva survey recorded a 10 per cent fall in income between 2000/01 and 2003/04. The new report attributes the continued decline to the withdrawal of European funding and a fall in public donations.

Spending on fundraising has increased from 1.8 per cent of total expenditure to 3.7 per cent.

Seamus McAleavey, chief executive of Nicva, said: "Some organisations are already feeling the effects, but the worst is yet to come. In 2009, their income will be curtailed and they will have less to spend."

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