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The 2019 SCVO forecast finds that the third sector continues to face the twin challenges of increasing demand against a backdrop of funding challenges, particularly shrinking public sector budgets and the direct and knock-on effect of local authority cuts on voluntary organisations and the communities they work in.
Looking forward People expect tough times ahead. 34% think their own finances will worsen, and 75% think that the financial situation for the sector will worsen. 88% of respondents from rural areas believe the sector’s financial situation will worsen. There continues to be a great deal of uncertainty around funding and political environment. 1 in 4 don’t feel confident planning ahead for the coming year. Despite this, confidence is only slightly down on two years ago. Sector is trying to rise to challenges and be proactive. 56% of respondents think that the number of services they provide will increase. 81% of respondents expect demand to increase – up from 72% in 2017. Only 1% anticipate a drop in demand. Only 9% think that the number of services they provide will decrease.
Key stats 100% of respondents are concerned about rising overheads. 91% of respondents said planning for the future is a challenge. 91% of respondents said sourcing long-term funding is a challenge 88% of respondents said diversifying funding is a challenge 82% of respondents are worried about the challenges created by funding cuts 81% of respondents said meeting increased demand will be a challenge 83% of respondents think delivering quality, affordable services will be a challenge 84% of respondents think demonstrating impact will be a challenge 80% think managing relationships with local and national government will be a challenge 67% of respondents think recruiting and retaining staff will be a challenge 67% think recruiting and retaining volunteers will be a challenge
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