Almost two-thirds of infrastructure organisations say they have experienced an increase in demand for their services over the past year, according to research published today.
A survey of members conducted by the local infrastructure body Navca found that 63 per cent of local infrastructure organisations said that demand for their services had risen over the past year, compared with 3 per cent who said it had fallen.
A third said demand had remained the same over the previous 12 months.
The survey, which attracted responses from 107 chief officers of Navca member organisations, found that although almost three-quarters of infrastructure bodies felt they were able to influence local authorities, 45 per cent of respondents said they did not feel listened to by local NHS organisations. Only a quarter of respondents said they felt they were able to influence local enterprise partnerships.
Neil Cleeveley, acting chief executive of Navca, said: "This survey gives a clear and simple message to LEPs: they are not doing enough to engage the voluntary sector. They must work with infrastructure to engage people in local decisions about growth and investment."
Ninety-eight per cent of respondents said they received funding from their local authorities. "While this doesn’t tell us how much they receive or in what form, it does show that, despite all the pressure on local government finance, local authorities still recognise the value in supporting infrastructure provision," a report based on the survey says.
Thirty-seven per cent of respondents said their relationships with their local authorities had improved over the past year, while 13 per cent thought they had deteriorated.