Impact of cuts on regions

Newcastle CVS have published Surviving or Thriving in Newcastle, the latest in a series of research papers carried out in partnership with VONNE. The report shows that charities and VCOs across Newcastle are facing closure and turning away desperate clients, despite an increase in demand for services. The report includes a case study of Streetwise, a youth organisation with a particular focus on sexual health and mental health. Streetwise has seen a 23% drop in income from £503,000 in 2010-11 to £387,000 at a time when the demand for services from young people is increasing.

Voluntary Services North West, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and North West Infrastructure Partnership have published Responsible Reform: Open Public Services for All. It sets out a manifesto for the continued consideration of equality in public service reform. It notes that rather than having a positive impact upon voluntary and community sector group finances, big society for many is actually reducing and hindering access to funding, particularly through grants. It says that some services were particularly affected, including youth services, health and social care and advice services.


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