NCVO Civil Society Almanac: charities in your constituency
Dear Graham, The National Council for Voluntary Organisations recently launched the 2014 UK Civil Society Almanac, which gives facts and stats on the voluntary sector, its size and scope, finances and the people that work and volunteer in it.
Charities in your constituency
From this we know that there are 130 charities in Hyndburn with an income of £11.5 million. Together those charities employ c. 200 people in your constituency. Across the UK, there are over 161,000 voluntary organisations with an income of £39.2bn and employing 800,000 people.
Funding and spending
Whilst the financial environment has been challenging, the Almanac reveals that income from the general public, the sector's biggest source of income, grew by 3.1%. With the exception of income from government, the rest of the sector's income sources also saw growth. Voluntary sector spending fell for the second year in a row.
Covering the period of 2010/11 to 2011/12, this is the first Almanac in which we've been able to chart the impact of government spending cuts on the sector. We've found income from government fell by £1.3 billion in real terms in a year, a fall of 9%.
Given the government's deficit-reduction priority, it was perhaps inevitable that charities would feel the impact of public spending cuts. But the figures show that charities bore a disproportionately large share of these cuts.
How you can help
The sector is very diverse, comprising of large household name charities and small voluntary and community groups involved at the local level.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the largest membership organisation for the voluntary sector in England. With over 10,900 members, NCVO represents all types of voluntary organisations.
Senior Parliamentary Officer – External Relations, NCVO
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