Public Services and the UK voluntary sector

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  • Public Services and the UK voluntary sector

    1. 1. Government funding and public Services: recent trends PSDN Conference | March 2009 Karl Wilding | NCVO Research Contact: [email_address]
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Government funding for the delivery of public services remains a crucial issue. It relates to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The size and ecology of the sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modes of funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding practices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What’s the evidence? We need a Julius report… </li></ul><ul><li>And as we manage the recession, where next? </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>1. The delivery of publicly funded services has shaped the size and ecology of the sector. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Earned income
    5. 5. The growth of statutory funding <ul><li>The financial relationship with the State is driven by public service delivery contracts. </li></ul><ul><li>Recession proof? </li></ul><ul><li>10% cut = £1.2 billion </li></ul>
    6. 6. Contracts and grants by subsector
    7. 7. <ul><li>2. Many organisations deliver publicly funded services…but even more do not. </li></ul>
    8. 8. How dependent are individual organisations on statutory income?
    9. 9. <ul><li>3. Independence: some organisations are relatively dependent on statutory income. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Dependency on government funding
    11. 11. What is your main funding source?
    12. 12. <ul><li>4. There are a multitude of funding relationships and the delivery of services vary significantly </li></ul>
    13. 13. Local statutory authorities are critical <ul><li>Local government still provides the majority of funding </li></ul><ul><li>10% cut = £570m </li></ul><ul><li>Central government is playing an increasingly important role </li></ul>
    14. 14. Central government
    15. 15. Local government
    16. 16. <ul><li>5. Government funding practices and policies will shape how many organisations manage the impact of recession </li></ul>
    17. 17. The differential impact of recession 2 <ul><li>All things being equal , a reduction in funding will… </li></ul><ul><li>Giving: religion/overseas/ environment </li></ul><ul><li>Statutory: employment and training/advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Investments: foundations, research </li></ul><ul><li>Other VCOs (eg foundations): development, overseas, infrastructure </li></ul>
    18. 18. Funds matter Funds by subsector – as years of expenditure
    19. 19. Looking ahead: pointers for discussion <ul><li>Threats </li></ul><ul><li>Public expenditure: fiscal tightening ahead </li></ul><ul><li>Increased competition: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From the private sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From government (insourcing) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increased demand </li></ul>
    20. 20. Looking ahead: pointers for discussion <ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Significant opportunities for further sector involvement in delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson learning </li></ul><ul><li>No turning back? </li></ul><ul><li>Increased demand </li></ul>

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