The results from Dorset’s Voluntary, Community, & Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) survey are in!

Main headlines from the survey are:

60.41% of groups were concerned about the future of local authority funding, and 54.73% were concerned about access to local authority officer support post LGR;

61.22 % of VCSE organisations are expecting an increase in demand for services during the coming year, at the same time as anticipated decreases in core funding (21.83%) and financial reserves (27.41%) during the coming year.

From 1.95 million of grant funding from local authorities,  VCSE organisations estimated that with the support of this funding, volunteers gave 65,822 hours per month (789,864 hrs/year).  At a national minimum wage of £7.83 per hour this is worth £6,184,635 to the Dorset economy.

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We would like to thank all of you who have completed the survey, which has provided an invaluable picture of the current state of the VCSE sector.