Poll shows lukewarm reception for third sector action plan

One in four respondents to State of the Sector survey say the plan has helped to some extent - but more give it the thumbs-down

A quarter of respondents to a new poll think the Government's third sector action plan has helped the sector cope with the recession.

But a greater proportion - 29 per cent of respondents - say it has not helped at all.

The State of the Sector survey, conducted by Third Sector and charity researchers nfpSynergy, was completed by more than 700 people on subjects including the £40.5m action plan, Real Help for Communities.

Only 3 per cent of respondents say the plan has helped the sector ‘a lot' or ‘very much', while 22 per cent say it has helped ‘a little' and 29 per cent say it has been of no help.

The remaining 46 per cent say they are unsure whether it has helped. There is little difference of opinion between people from small, medium-sized and large voluntary organisations.

Asked if the action plan has helped their own organisation, two per cent say it has helped ‘a lot' or ‘very much' and ten per cent say it has helped ‘a little'. Sixty-five per cent say it has not helped their organisation at all and 23 per cent say they do not know.

The Office of the Third Sector launched the action plan in February 2009. It set up a hardship fund for small and medium-sized voluntary organisations, a volunteer brokerage scheme, and a modernisation fund to encourage mergers and partnerships. It also gave extra investment to the School of Social Entrepreneurs.

Full results of the State of the Sector survey will be published in the next two editions of Third Sector magazine on 12 and 19 January.

 

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