Sixty-eight per cent of crime charities have made staff redundant or are about to do so, according to new research by the umbrella body Clinks.
The charity, which represents voluntary sector groups working with offenders, surveyed 99 charities in the winter of 2010. Of these, 68 per cent said they had made or would soon make staff redundant.
Ninety-six per cent said they were now spending more time on fundraising than they had in the past, and 83 per cent reported an increase in the number of people seeking their help.
Of the 96 respondents that answered questions about their income and funding, 76 per cent said they had seen a fall in grant income in the past year and 87 per cent said they expected further cuts in funding in the financial year 2011/12.
Slightly more than 70 per cent of these charities said they had used their reserves to compensate for a fall in income, and 89 per cent said they expected to use their reserves in 2011/12.
In a separate survey of 196 charities, carried out by Clinks in January, 47.4 per cent said they were not eligible to apply for money from the Transition Fund, the £100m fund set up by the government to support charities that have lost public funding. A further 28.5 per cent said they were not aware of the fund, and 23 per cent said they had applied for it.
Clive Martin, director of Clinks, said: "The sector is simultaneously facing cuts and severe challenges, and expects this to get worse. The danger is that by the time the dust settles on the government’s new agenda, we will have lost many valuable services."