Magazine article Public Finance

Charities' Extra Service Provision 'Needs Protection'

Magazine article Public Finance

Charities' Extra Service Provision 'Needs Protection'

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Third sector leaders have appealed for protection from spending cuts as figures have revealed the increasing role voluntary bodies play in providing public services.

Research from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations showed that charities' income from providing statutory services had more than doubled in less than a decade. Charities earned more than £9.1bn from these in 2007/08, up by 128% on 2000/01.

Third sector organisations providing education, law and advocacy, social services and housing services all relied on government spending for half their income on average. Meanwhile, employment charities received 70% of their income from public funds.

NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington said the data underlined the importance of specialist organisations with detailed knowledge of service users.

'We should not be seen as a cheap or fluffy addition to core services,' he said. Our work is with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities in the country and they stand to lose the most if vital services are cut. …

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