Most Scottish charities fear for future funding, says SCVO survey

Poll finds deepening uncertainty over charity jobs

Two-thirds of Scottish charities are worried about their future funding, according to a poll by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

The survey of 338 SCVO members, carried out between 13 October and 24 November, also showed that 52 per cent of employees were more worried about their jobs than they were 12 months ago.

Almost half of the respondents - 48 per cent - were unsure or worried about the future of their organisations.

Lucy McTernan, deputy chief executive of the SCVO, said the results showed the "devastating impact" that the recession and public sector cuts were having on the voluntary sector in Scotland.

"Although government and some funders have responded with welcome short-term resources for the sector, what we really need now is longer-term joint work with government," she said. "Together, we must shore up the voluntary sector's role in public services and stop us being an easy target for cuts."

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