More voluntary organisatons receive money from the state than was previously thought, according to an analysis published yesterday by the Third Sector Research Centre.
Academics at the centre have calculated that 61,000 charities - 36 per cent of the total - receive funding from statutory sources.
The number is considerably higher than the 38,000 found by the NCVO in its UK Civil Society Almanac 2010.
The study was based on data from the government’s national survey of third sector organisations, which sampled 48,000 charities in England in 2008.
It found that 23,000 organisations - 13 per cent of the total - considered public sector sources of funding to be the most important.
It also found that organisations working in the most deprived areas with disadvantaged groups were among the most dependent on state income.
Researchers John Mohan, David Clifford and Frida Geyne Raime also discovered that the proportion of organisations that received public funding appeared to be greatest in areas that have fewer third sector organisations overall.
Mohan, deputy director of the centre, said it was "the most robust national survey of its kind ever undertaken".To read the research, go here.