London Voluntary Service Council report: ‘The Big Squeeze’

In July 2012, the London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) published ‘The Big Squeeze: Surviving not thriving’.

Sixty-six per cent of organisations report an increase in demand for their services, and 60% report a decrease in funding, making it an unfortunate reality that Londo’s voluntary and community sector are doing far more with much less. And they are doing so by adoptinng innovative and flexible approaches to providing services for their communities.

The Big Squeeze survey is a snapshot of the current impact the economic and policy climate is having on the voluntary and community sector in London and the people that use their services. It suggests that Londoners are being negatively affected by recent local authority cuts, welfare reforms and unemployment.

The Big Squeeze 2012 survey was open to London’s voluntary and community sector organisations during May and June 2012 and was conducted in partnership with London Funders, LASA, Women’s Resource Centre, Trust for London, City Bridge Trust, False Economy, NAVCA, Greater London Volunteering, London Community Resource Network, Stonewall Housing, London Civic Forum, ROTA, Children England, London Community Foundation and Ethical Property Foundation.

This is the fourth year that the survey has been conducted and 252 organisations responded.

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