Voluntary sector umbrella organisation, the National Council
for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today warned that
vital local services could disappear overnight if the voluntary
sector is seen as an easy target for government cuts.
This would have a devastating effect on local communities
across the UK.
The State and the Voluntary Sector – Recent trends
in government funding and public service delivery published
today shows just how significant public service delivery
by the voluntary sector on behalf of the government is,
with sector income from statutory sources totalling £12bn.
Although this only accounts for 2% of the UK government’s
expenditure on public services; the fear is that the sector
could be seen as a soft target for cuts.
The report delves deeper to reveal what the true cost of
cuts would mean for local areas.
Around 25,000 voluntary organisations receive over three-quarters
of their income from statutory sources to deliver crucial
services in social care, employment and training, law and
advocacy, education and housing. If this funding is cut
it would have catastrophic consequences for the well-being
Voluntary sector organisations providing social services
receive a much larger amount of statutory income than any
other sub sector, totalling £4.2bn.
Voluntary sector organisations working within employment
and training receive over two-thirds (71%) of their overall
income from statutory sources, equating to nearly £1bn.
Nearly half of the organisations in this sub-sector have
some sort of funding relationship with government and are
therefore fairly reliant on statutory funding.
In addition four sub-sectors receive over half of their
income from statutory services, these being law and advocacy
(54%), education (52%), housing (51%) and social services
Stuart Etherington, CEO, NCVO said: “Public sector
funders must avoid a knee jerk reaction. Ill thought out
cuts would ravage communities across the UK. When developing
spending plans, government – nationally and locally
- must understand the vital contribution projects run by
voluntary and community organisations make.
"These services are not just nice add-ons; they are
critical to the well-being of communities across the UK.”
Phil Collis, project manager, TLC Care Services, said:
“If our contracts were removed it would leave stroke
victims in those boroughs unable to access the high quality
care and support they need once they have been discharged
from hospital care.”
John Mckernaghan, manager at the Brunswick Centre, added:
“If government income was cut it would seriously limit
services. However the number of service users won’t
reduce even if the income does. As our work takes pressure
off statutory services the onward effect on other services
including mental health and sexual health services would
be considerable and users would suffer.”