Community organisations

Community Matters has published the results of its member survey for 2010-11. The results show that its members “are struggling to meet the increasing demand for their services as more and more people turn to their local community organisations for support. At the same time, member income dropped by 18% from the previous year and they are living on their reserves, which also dropped by 29% in the same period.”

The survey report shows that members reported unmet need in their area across 19 different services and activities, with the biggest gaps in youth provision and arts and cultural activity, which tend to have suffered disproportionately from cuts to public expenditure. It also shows that a number of member organisations had themselves had to make cuts to these services, further reducing local provision. Over half the members surveyed reported a net loss of income, including loss of public service contracts.


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