Charity cuts


The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published the latest Charity Forecast Survey. It shows that 97% of charity leaders expect economic conditions within the sector to be negative over the next 12 months, the bleakest outlook since the survey began over three years ago.

66% of respondents expected their organisation’s expenditure to decrease over the next twelve months, an increase of ten percentage points since the previous quarter’s report.

Third Sector magazine has reported that the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations has warned it could close after the end of a number of contracts and the loss of funding (worth £275,953) from the strategic partners programme. Hashmukh Pankhania, chief executive of CEMVO, said it had reduced the number of full-time staff from 10 to three, and the number of project staff had gone from 12 to three.

Voice4Change England has also lost £275,953 of funding and status under the Office for Civil Society Strategic Partners programme. They have already made job cuts, face further job cuts and have had to suspend core services. It is the only national policy representatives for the BME third sector, and BME organisations and the communities they serve have now lost their seat at the top level of policy making. “The vital services they provide to society’s worst off and most excluded are seriously under jeopardy.”

Community Care magazine has reported that the National Children’s Bureau will see its funding nearly halved and staff drop by 40%. The organisation’s budget is dropping by 48% in the new financial year, from £23m to roughly £12m. Staff will fall by 40% from 200 to 120. Outgoing Chief Executive Sir Paul Ennals said the cuts put the NCB back to the position it was in four years ago. “We had a rapid rise three years ago, with Play England money and some large grants that are now coming to an end.”

Third Sector magazine has reported that NCVYS member v will receive £1.25m in core funding from the Office for Civil Society in 2011/12. v will seek other income from donations and contracts. v was set up in 2006 with £117m in government funding and was given £37m from the OCS last year.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published the latest
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