Key findings from The UK Civil Society Almanac, 2017

10 August, 2017
“The UK Civil Society Almanac, published annually by NCVO, is the definitive reference publication for anybody interested in the voluntary sector, and its role in civil society. Widely cited by the media, it is used extensively by policy makers and sector leaders”.
The Almanac draws on data from charity accounts (from groups registered with the Charity Commission), the Community Law Survey, and the Labour Force Survey. This enables researchers to paint a picture of the state of the VCSE sector’s finances, its work with volunteers and its paid workforce.
Following the launch of the 2017 Almanac, NCVO hosted a free webinar to present the key findings. Voscur’s Policy and Information Officer attended.
  • Whilst the sector as a whole has seen a slight increase in income, it is only the biggest charities that have benefitted.
  • For the first time in a decade, charities’ income from central government has overtaken income from local government.
  • Smaller and medium charities are finding it more difficult to win public service contracts. This is because commissioners are aggregating contracts more, making them too large for smaller groups to bid for.
  • Brexit is expected to have the most impact on the sector’s workforce, funding and regulation. NCVO is monitoring this as negotiations continue.
  • NCVO urged VCSE organisations to focus more on growing earned income, (i.e., charging for services) as competition for other funding is increasing, and individual giving is stagnating alongside wages.
Click here to access the presentation slides and notes from the webinar.
Click here to view the complete Almanac 2017 data.