Funding & Finance

 Funding and Finance

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NAVCA publishes local funding report

NAVCA has published a report that for the first time collates local state of the sector reports produced by NAVCA members to provide an overview of the impact of cuts on local charities and community groups. The report also includes the findings of a NAVCA members' survey, carried out in May this year, showing how cuts are also affecting the support available to local charities.
The report establishes several key trends emerging from local surveys of the sector conducted by NAVCA members. Find out what they are and down load the report at:  

Cuts leave charities fearing closure within a year says National Children's Bureau report

A significant minority of charities fear closure over the coming year, while others implement bracing measures in the face of a £405 million statutory funding loss, reveals a National Children's Bureau (NCB) report today. 'Beyond the Cuts' estimates that the 34,000 charities in England which work primarily with children and young people will lose £405 million in statutory funding in the five years from 2011/12 to 2015/16.
The report consists of two parts:
• a calculation, conducted by NCB and NCVO, of what cuts to statutory funding the children's sector might expect to see over the five years from 2010/11 to 2015/16
• a consultation with 74 children's charities to find out what changes to funding they are experiencing and how they are responding and adapting
Download the report from:

End of a golden era

The NCVO's latest Civil Society Almanac shows just how the recession has affected the voluntary sector, Tania Mason reports. Every two years, the NCVO publishes its comprehensive study of the macro-economics of civil society in the UK. The latest report, published on 5 March, depicts a sector that took a big hit in terms of income, but managed nevertheless to maintain spending on its activities. The NCVO's head of research, Karl Wilding, provided with an exclusive briefing on the research. Read a summary of his analysis.  

NAVCA publishes regeneration report to support Transition Fund campaign

NAVCA has published a report to support the recent call made by the leading voluntary and community sector umbrella organisations, including NAVCA, for a second wave of transition funding to help regenerate the most deprived areas. The report evidences the impact of public spending cuts since 2010 on the local voluntary sector. After compiling the evidence in NAVCA's report, NAVCA has written to George Osborne MP to further urge him to use his Budget on 21 March to provide transition funding to help people who are suffering most from public spending cuts. NAVCA's report says that for the first time since the 1960s there is no government regeneration programme to support areas of deprivation. Since coming to power the Government has ended the Working Neighbourhoods Fund and the Performance Reward Grant. The report provides evidence of how this has adversely affected local voluntary action. Read more at NAVCA, where you can also download the report:  

Newcastle, state of the sector report

This item is from the NAVCA Linx e-bulletin and may be of interest in order to compare with the Wakefield District. This excellent report from Newcastle CVS, presents the results of their recent survey, The State of the Sector, and looks at the impact of the economic downturn and public spending cuts on the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle. The results make for mainly unhappy reading with service closures and redundancies likely; however some organisations report opportunities ahead, particularly with the new GP consortia commissioning arrangements.

Rethinking Third sector funding 
Connect Assist has published a paper, 'Rethinking third sector funding: How to meet service demand while cutting costs'.   The argument of the paper is that although the third sector is facing unprecedented challenges to its funding, hey argue that the only appropriate response to what is a long term structural shift is not to look for more money, but to spend less.  Voluntary services are increasingly required to pick up services no longer available in the public sector, service users are demanding ever higher quality standards and sources of funding are reducing on all fronts. Download the paper from:
Children England Members Cuts Survey

Children England have published a report, Counting the Cuts, detailing the results of survey of around 70% of their membership. It conveys a snapshot of the challenges currently facing their members, showed a high level of uncertainty about funding decisions, which are affecting service provision and staffing.
Its key findings are:
• Most participants (71 per cent) are experiencing cuts to their budgets in 2011/12
• Of those organisations in receipt of local government funding 80 per cent are experiencing cuts
• Two thirds of organisations were still awaiting funding decisions from local authorities for 2011/12, many not knowing whether services would still be running on 1 April and with staff on notice of redundancy
• 40 per cent of organisations anticipating staff cuts in the first 6 months of 2011, rising to 66 per cent over the whole year
• Over a third of organisations who receive funding from charitable trusts, individual giving and corporates are anticipating an increase in funding from these sources
• There are 14 instances of service closures reported
• Children's Centres, Sure Start services, youthwork, family support services and play services are amongst the hardest hit.
To download the full report visit the website at: