Counting the cuts: the impact of spending cuts on the UK voluntary and community sector - 2013 update

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Bhati, Neena; Heywood, Joe
Date of publication
1 May 2013
Social Policy, Community Development and Regeneration, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report provides an update to the 2011 report seeking to establish and forecast the effects of public spending cuts on the voluntary and community sector in Great Britain. The key findings of the report include: net public expenditure in 2017/18 will be £13.5 billion lower than it was in 2010/11; assuming that the voluntary sector experiences proportionate cuts, funding for voluntary sector will be £1.7 billion lower by 2017/18 than it was in 2010/11; and, according to Freedom of Information requests made by Compact Voice, 71 of 141 (50%) local authorities that responded had disproportionately cut voluntary sector grant funding in 2011/12. The key recommendations of the report include: public bodies should release accurate and consistent data about their expenditure on the voluntary sector; public bodies must adhere to the Compact when making decisions about cuts, and voluntary organisations should be consulted with and given sufficient notice of any changes to their funding; commissioners should involve voluntary sector organisations at the earliest stages of the commissioning process; and commissioners should consider which procurement approach will be most appropriate to meet their commissioning goals.

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