Nearly 8 per cent of local infrastructure organisations are likely to merge in the next two years, a survey of Navca members suggests.
Navca, which represents local infrastructure organisations, received 103 responses to the online survey this month from chief officers of member organisations. It found that 7.8 per cent of respondents said their organisations were likely to merge and 43.1 per cent said they did not know.
Forty-nine per cent of respondents said they were not likely to merge before April 2013. Last year, 13 per cent of respondents said they were likely to merge and 30 per cent said they did not know. Fifty-six per cent of organisations said they were not likely to merge.
The survey also found that enthusiasm for the government’s big society agenda had waned over the past year. When respondents were asked to rate their enthusiasm on a scale of one to 10 – with one being "very sceptical" and 10 "this is great" – the mean rating was 3.52. This was down from a mean of 4.85 in 2010.
A Navca spokesman said the results of the survey reflected the great uncertainty in the sector. "Many members are facing cuts and this is affecting the services they provide," he said. "They are having to look at how they provide services with fewer resources."