Counting the cuts: the impact of spending cuts on the UK voluntary and community sector

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Kane, David; Allen, James
Date of publication
1 August 2011
Social Policy, Community Development and Regeneration, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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Report aiming to analyse the effect of public spending cuts on the voluntary and community sector in Great Britain. Whilst acknowledging that the voluntary and community sector should not be immune from public spending cuts, this report considers that there is considerable evidence that cuts are currently not being applied consistently, proportionately or strategically, threatening unnecessary damage to the sector. It argues that short term cuts, particularly in areas of preventative services, may well result in additional social and economic costs to be borne by the state in the medium to long term, resulting in such reductions in public spending being self defeating. The report makes use of a range of data and a series of case studies to examine how public spending cuts are being experienced on the ground by various social groups and voluntary and community organisations.

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