March 23, 2012 Leave a comment
The Justice for All campaign has published Advice Needs… What local advice charities need to continue serving their communities: A view from the front line. The report shows that the not for profit advice sector will be at least £100m a year worse off by 2013/14. The poll of over 200 community advice organisations showed that three quarters reported serious funding cuts in the last year, with 1 in 5 facing cuts so severe that their survival is under threat. In the survey, 81% of charities predict they will be able to help fewer people in future, despite rising demand. Over half reported cutting back on services for people with the most complex problems and a third are having to cut back on the number of volunteers, as they cannot afford training or support.
The Budget announced £40m for the charity advice sector, but the campaign said that this “is not nearly enough to cover the £100m annual shortfall charity advice providers are facing.”