Less than half of local charities are confident they will survive beyond five years due to a huge imbalance between time and resources, a new report has revealed.

The Local Charity and Community Group Sustainability Report, published by Localgiving and Sage Foundation, found many local charities and community groups are stretched to “breaking point” following a number of cuts and austerity measures that have increased burden on small charities.

Commenting on the findings of the report, the author of the report, Lewis Garland, said: “Our report has revealed a sector stretched well beyond its capacity. Local charities have been expected to fill the gaps left by public sector cuts, while simultaneously competing for dwindling funding opportunities. 

“Meanwhile, the climate of uncertainty around issues such as Brexit and GDPR has left many questioning their future. If the sector is to survive, let alone flourish, it is essential that local charities are actively included in key decision making processes - both at the local and national level. Furthermore, we must find way to increase, and diversify the funding and support available to these groups”.  Read more at: www.charitytimes.com/ct/Half-of-local-charities-predict-demise-within-5-years.php