Public Sector Funding Briefing

The Gathering 2018

Year of publication
2015
Author
SCVO
Abstract

Briefing on public sector income sources coming into the third sector, based on the detailed analysis of a selected sample of 800 charity accounts and reports for the financial year 2012-13.

Key findings
 Cuts to public sector budgets have started to have a real impact on third sector finances, with public sector funding dropping from £1.87billion in 2010 to £1.68billion in 2013 – a 10% cut in cash terms. Taking inflation into account, this is a reduction in real terms of £376m and a cut of 18%.
 The public sector now only accounts for a third (34%) of the sector’s funds, down from 42% in 2010 - the lowest level for over a decade.
 The 500 largest organisations in Scotland receive twice as much public sector funding as all the small and medium-sized organisations put together.
 69% of third sector organisations in Scotland receive no money from the public sector.

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