Médecins Sans Frontières UK reports a 9 per cent fall in income last year

The British arm of the international disaster relief charity has suffered a drop in restricted income from major appeals

Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières UK, the British arm of the international disaster relief charity, has reported a fall in income of almost 9 per cent in 2012.

The charity’s annual accounts, published last week, show that its total income was £23.9m in 2012 – £2.3m less than the previous year.

The report says the fall was "mainly a result of lower restricted income from major emergency appeals" and says that 2011 was an exceptional year because of the public response to the east Africa famine appeal.

With no equivalent appeal in 2012, the total for restricted donations to MSF UK dropped by £3.1m to £1.9m.

Other major aid and development charities, including Oxfam and the British Red Cross, have also recently reported a fall in their incomes over the past year for similar reasons.

MSF UK’s expenditure fell by about £50,000 over the course of the year to just under £25.4m.

The report says that it dealt with the shortfall by allocating money from its reserves to support projects in the field. Reserves totalled £3.5m at the end of the year.

The report says that MSF UK is positive about its finances, particularly as regular donations by direct debit and standing order increased in 2012, from £9.8m the previous year to £10.5m.

"Despite the difficult economic climate, we increased our income from our loyal, long-term, committed supporters by more than 7 per cent," the report says.

"Such donations now account for 49 per cent of our unrestricted private income, ensuring core financial stability and security. For every pound spent on fundraising in the UK in 2012, we raised £10 of private income, which is considerably more than the normal return for UK charities."

The charity’s pay policy means that the maximum salary for any employee is three times that of the lowest-paid. Its highest-paid employee received between £60,000 and £70,000 during the year, the report says.

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