SCVO survey reveals funding woes for Scottish charities

Almost 90 percent of third sector organisations in Scotland say their funding declined or stagnated over the past year, according to a new survey.

The results of the poll, published by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, showed that 38 percent of third sector organisations reported a decline in funding over the past 12 months while 48 percent said it had remained the same.

A further 63 percent of the almost 200 organisations that responded said greater uncertainty over public sector funding was a major concern.

The survey results come as Chancellor Alistair Darling announced cuts in public sector spending equating to an estimated £500m in Scotland. The cuts would save £5 billion across the UK, he said.

Lucy McTernan, acting chief executive of SCVO, blamed cuts in lottery funding for the next year and lower income from corporate sponsorship and donations for the growing concern among Scottish third sector organisations.

"Scottish voluntary organisations are facing increasingly tough times, just when their services are needed the most," she said.

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