Cuts to children and young people’s charities

The National Children’s Bureau has published Beyond the Cuts: Children’s charities adapting to austerity. The report says that the 34,000 charities in England that work primarily with children and young people will lose £405 million in statutory funding in the five years from 2011-12 to 2015-16. It notes that children and young people’s charities are particularly vulnerable to cuts, as they receive more of their income from statutory sources and are four times less likely to receive corporate support. It shows that charities are taking various actions to manage the impact of the cuts, including reducing the number of staff they employ and cutting back on the range of services they offer, as well as developing consortia and mergers. A small but significant minority of charities said that it was ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ that they would be forced to close in the next 12 months.


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