Charity leaders are generally confident about the future
of their own organisations, but are unsure of the prospects
for the third sector as a whole, according to new research.
The study, by NCVO, into confidence levels in the voluntary
sector found that while there had been a 16% drop in expectations
for the UK economy as a whole, confidence in the voluntary
sector economy has dropped by 21% since March this year.
And despite various government initiatives designed to
improve the capacity of the sector, there has been a 15%
dip in confidence in the government’s ability to improve
the sector’s operating environment.
However, 49% of charity leaders questioned still expected
to increase their campaigning and advocacy work over the
coming year. In addition, NCVO’s head of research
Karl Wilding said that most expected their service delivery
to increase in spite of, or because of, difficult economic
Commenting on the lack of confidence in government, John
O’Sullivan, chief executive of the St Johns Housing
Trust, Suffolk, said: “The sector is being squeezed
between the rhetoric of government / Cabinet Office extolling
the virtues of the sector and the reality on the ground
where local authority practices are challenging and threatening
the diversity of the sector.”