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Brief Summary

Report into the Impact of ‘Austerity Cuts’  on the LGBT Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in England and Wales

Extract from Document

In the context of the austerity cuts the LGBT VCS has been affected by changes in levels of local government funding, and by welfare, health service and education reform. These cuts and reforms are ongoing and the full impacts have not yet been felt.
2. As LGBT service organisations have historically needed to rely on a relatively high level of public/statutory funding and support from such bodies they are particularly vulnerable when such cuts and reforms are being enforced.
3. Despite the introduction of the Equality Act 2010 and changing social attitudes, discrimination still affects LGBT people in England and Wales. Thus demand for LGBT services is still high and in some cases rising. Demand exists for LGBT services in general and specifically from different communities of interest (e.g. trans*1
, bisexual, BME, people with disabilities and so on). There are also differing needs to be met amongst urban and rural LGBT populations.
4. LGBT VCS organisations also provide expertise to non-LGBT public, private and voluntary sector bodies who want or need to raise awareness of LGBT, broader
equality and diversity and sexual health issues.
5. Estimates that only 0.04% of overall voluntary sector income goes to the LGBT VCS supports the claim that it is underfunded in this respect. Public/statutory sector funding contributed 50.5% of funding to the LGBT VCS for the year ending March 31st 2013. The other main streams are from individuals (17.8%), National Lottery (16.5%), independent trusts/foundations (12.1%) and the private sector (0.9%).
6. Reductions in funding from the public sector mean that LGBT VCS organisations are
having to diversify their search for funding. This is placing already constrained staffing resources under more pressure. Further difficulty is being experienced as more organisations are required to compete for a reduced pot of money and less established organisations are experiencing greater difficulty fundraising in this environment.
7. The direct effects of the cuts on organisations are reported as being increased difficulty in planning, using reserves to cover shortfalls in the short term, cuts to or reductions in services and service levels, reduced staffing levels including loss of posts, reduction in level of terms and conditions, moves to part time work for previously full time staff or increased reliance on volunteers. This has led to loss of morale, higher staff turnover and concomitant reduction in provision of expertise. There have also been impacts on provision of premises, whether through reduction of time available for meetings or service user access, or loss of premises altogether.
8. The above difficulties are taking place at a time of increased demand and complex needs when general provision and support is being reduced for LGBT service users.
9. In considering the future although a majority of respondents expressed the hope that things would either improve (34%) or not change (27%), a significant number were pessimistic (16%) or uncertain (19%). Responses varied with large and medium organisations considerably less optimistic than small and micro organisations. Most respondents cited the financial year 2015/16 as the ‘crunch’ year for the LGBT VCS.

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