Majority Do Not Believe Charities Should Take on More Public Service Provision

Almost six out of ten (59 per cent) members of the general public questioned for a new survey commissioned by the insurance company, Zurich Municipal, do not believe that charities should take on more public service delivery.

The survey of almost 1,000 members of the public, also questioned senior public officials and chief executives of voluntary sector organisations. 

Conducted between June and August, the survey asked about several effects of public sector cuts, including the impact on the voluntary sector. About 31 per cent were concerned that cuts could lead to fewer volunteers and 19 per cent felt that charities were vulnerable to mission drift.

Members of the public were asked to identify the main issues they felt charities faced. These were: loss of donations; loss of volunteers; the need to provide services no longer provided by government; lower quality of service; and drift from the original purpose of the charity.

Zurich Municipal’s ‘TOUGH CHOICES: Different perspectives on long-term risks facing the public sector and wider civil society’ report captures opinion and perception from four different perspectives (public sector CEOs, the general public, Key Stakeholders and Zurich Municipal experts) across six different sectors and the public sector as a whole. The report considers the emerging risks for local government, fire and police, the wider civil society, housing, health and education, resulting from the spending cuts.


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