The Big Squeeze 2012:Surviving not thriving

Report published

LVSC's Big Squeeze survey is a snapshot of the current impact the economic and policy climate is having on the voluntary and community sector in London and the people that use their services.

Headline findings include:

  • 90% of organisations continue to change the way they work in order to adapt to changes and better meet users needs.
  • 60% of organisations report a reduction in their overall funding in 2012/13.
  • 66% have seen an increase in demand for their services in the last year, particularly for advice services.
  • 50% think they will not be able to meet this increase.
  • 8% had no free reserves in 2011/12.

This report is vital to understanding the multitude of pressures facing voluntary and community organisations. It also has key implications (and makes recommendations) for funders; focusing on partnerships, supporting preventative work and perhaps most importantly considering the impact funding practices have in ensuring the needs of the most disadvantaged communities are met. 

Executive Summary here.
Full report here.

Photograph: http://davidnaylor.org/photography/gallery-elegance/0153.htm