Scope is to reduce its senior management team and introduce
other cost-saving measures to minimise the impact of the
worsening economic slowdown before it reaches its peak.
The national disability charity is making five senior management
posts redundant, including two posts on its executive management
There will also be redundancies in several other back office
departments as the organisation streamlines its administration
and management functions.
These changes will step up the pace of its existing financial
improvement programme in order to stay ahead of the declining
Scope is facing increasing running costs at a time when
some of the charity’s key sources of income are in
decline – namely a slow down of legacy income, a drop
in investment value and delays in property sales - due to
the current economic climate.
The future impact of the credit crunch on fundraising income
from public donations also remains uncertain.
Unlike many other charities, Scope does not have substantial
financial reserves. It has decided to take action now to
minimise the impact of the economic slowdown, which is widely
predicted to worsen.
The charity is also undertaking other practical measures
to reduce overheads, such as cutting non-essential expenditure
and reviewing purchasing arrangements.
Alice Maynard, chair of Scope’s Trustees Board, said:
“Scope, like many other charities, is feeling the
pinch of the current economic slowdown. We are operating
in a tough economic environment and therefore need to take
tough decisions - this is pre-emptive action aimed at mitigating
the full impact of a possible recession.
“These changes will mean we have to focus on our
key priorities in the short-term, which include delivering
excellent services to disabled people and their families
and the continued lobbying and influence of our Time to
Get Equal campaign. Our commitment to disabled people’s
equality and human rights remains at the heart of our mission.”