How Cameron’s coalition is choking the Big Society

Half of all charities have seen costs rise due to David Cameron’s policies, a third sector survey has revealed - while 60 per cent have seen income fall.

Half of all charities have seen costs rise due to coalition policies, a third sector survey has revealed. The report, carried out by the Charity Finance Directors’ Group, consulted with 288 NGOs, also found that three-fifths of charities had seen their income fall as a result of legislative and public spending changes by the government.

As a result almost half  have had to draw into their reserves, up from 28% last year.

The report, that also found that only 7 per cent of charities understood the aims of the big society, paints a picture of reduced income, higher costs and increased demands:

Sixty per cent of charities reported that the changes in public sector policy had reduced the funding available to them.

This is most frequent for organisations working in the areas of social services (82%), culture, sport and recreation (77%) and housing (71%). it was least frequent for organisations working in religion (27%). Only 6% have noted an increase in funding available.

Thirty six per cent consider that it has increased the need for their services. This is most frequent for those working in social services (58%), and least frequent for those working in Religion (13%) and internationally (14%). Only 1% of respondents consider the developments to have reduced need.

Fifty per cent consider that it has increased the cost of operation.

Furthermore, if the intention of the Big Society was to open up public sector contracts from a small number of big players to include more smaller charities, it appears to have failed. Larger charities are twice as likely to consider the Big Society as relevant to them as smaller ones.

The scale of the damage caused by Coalition cuts can be found on the Voluntary Sector Cuts website, where charities have reported how £76 million of cuts are crippling the Big Society.

See also:

Citizens UK: “The Big Society is flawed if people have to work two jobs”Peter Carrol, October 21st 2011

Cameronism uncovered: Taxpayer-funded big businessDaniel Elton, September 12th 2011

Fears government reforms could create a “big divide” not a ‘Big Society’Kamaljeet Gill, July 29th 2011

Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ set to leave a disastrous legacy for public servicesSam McLean, July 28th 2011

As Cameron talks up the Big Society, it’s crashing downDominic Browne, June 6th 2011

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  14. Jan Cosgrove

    The damage is being to what has existed for decades, and which is a cornerstone of British community life, “the little society”. Take children’s playschemes etc, run by good folk in the community. Councils appear to be cutting their general expenditure to 93% of the previous year, 92% adult leisure funding. 70% third sector playchemes ….. The pace is relentless, like locusts devouring what was once fertile ground. The Big Society? Replacing what is being trashed? Re-inventing a wheel on the play bus. Some of us formed and ran such a project round here for 28 years. No access to govt funding, our council full of see you next tuesdays, under 10% of the funding – we raised and spent £1.3 million, we recorded 96,000 attendances, 3600 sessions, changed lives when we didn’t expect that. Bus now sitting idle, charity closed. That’s your localism Mr Cameron, your very tory localism, nothing new, we’ve seen it here for 3 decades. You may find many folk adopting the ‘game of soldiers’ mantra next time round.

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