Scope's total income fell by 1.3 per cent to £103m in 2012/13

But the disability charity also reports a 10 per cent rise in total voluntary income from fundraising to £15.9m


Scope's total income fell by 1.3 per cent to £103m in the financial year to March 2013, according to its latest annual report and accounts.

The disability charity attributed the fall in income to a tough retail climate for its charity shops and a reduction in the fees that it receives from statutory funders for its services.

The majority of Scope’s income comes from fees, which, according to its accounts, are primarily earned from statutory funders for its services. In 2012/13, it earned £58.5m in fees, down from £60.8m the previous year.

The charity says that this was mainly the result of the closure of two schools for disabled children, Rutland House and Beech Tree.

"Cuts in public spending continue to put pressure on fee levels, but we continue to work successfully with local authorities to review our fee structures and ensure fee income is sustained," the report says.

Income from its charity shop chain of almost 250 stores was down £709,000 to £22.6m over the period.

Scope’s annual report, published on its website last week, says that a combination of poor weather and tough economic conditions affected sales, as they did for many other retailers. Income from the sale of donated goods was down by 4.2 per cent to £800,000, although the charity had decided to stop house collections, which saved £400,000 in costs.

The charity rebranded 175 shops and upgraded 43 in 2012/13, according to the report. 

Scope’s total voluntary income from fundraising increased by 10 per cent from £14.5m to £15.9m in 2012/13.

According to its report, all areas of fundraising grew in 2012/13, particularly legacies and individual giving. The latter grew as a result of continued investment in the expansion of its individual giving recruitment programme.

The total cost of generating funds, including investment management, was £31.1m, up from £28.4m in 2011/12, which was primarily down to the individual recruitment programme, the report says.

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the charity, said: "We’ve worked really hard to keep our income steady, with a variation of less than 1 per cent over the last year. Times are tough for donors, councils are squeezing fees and we’re modernising our services.

"Scope works to make this country a better place for disabled people. This is no small job. These steady figures – not least an increase in fundraised income by 10 per cent – are the result of great work from colleagues."

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