Children England: Counting the Cuts - The impact of public sector spending cuts on children's charities

Results from the survey carried out between 7-21 March 2011

Eurochild member Children England undertook a comprehensive survey of its members to gain a snapshot impression of the challenges currently facing the children, young people and families' voluntary sector.

With member organisations working in all parts of the country and ranging from small local groups to the largest household names in children's charities, Children England is in a unique position to represent a full and detailed picture of the current impact on the sector.

Key findings:

  • Most participants (71%) are experiencing cuts to their budgets in 2011/12.
  • Of those organisations in receipt of local government funding 80% are experiencing cuts.
  • Two thirds of organisations were still awaiting funding decisions for 2011/12, many not knowing whether services would still be running on 1 April and with staff on notice of redundancy.
  • 40% of organisations anticipating staff cuts in the first 6 months of 2011, rising to 66% over the whole year.
  • Over a third of organisations who receive funding from charitable trusts, individual giving and corporates are anticipating an increase in funding from these sources.
  • There are 14 instances of service closures reported.
  • Children's Centres, Sure Start services, youthwork, family support services and play services are amongst the hardest hit.
Click here to download Chidren England's survey results.