Recession forces London charities to take action

Poll by London Voluntary Service Council shows most have taken steps to combat the worst effects

More than 90 per cent of voluntary organisations in London have had to take action in order to survive the recession, according to a new report.

The London Voluntary Service Council polled 60 organisations in the capital for the second report based on its Big Squeeze initiative, which examines how voluntary groups are handling the downturn.

Ninety-three per cent of those polled said they had taken steps to combat the worst effects of the recession, such as generating more of their own income or using more volunteers. The figure is up 15 percentage points on the same survey last year.

Sixty-eight per cent of voluntary groups said workloads rose because of the recession, with respondents witnessing an increased workload of up to 50 per cent because of enquiries about unemployment and debt.

Ninety-seven per cent of respondents said the downturn had affected the communities they worked with in the past year, up two percentage points since 2009.

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