Once again, we have produced a financial analysis of the children and young people’s voluntary sector in England, based on Almanac data from 2013/14.
Within the report, we analysed two populations:
- The ‘core’ population – Organisations for whom children and young people are the primary beneficiaries.
- The ‘wider’ population – Organisations for whom children and young people are among their beneficiaries.
- There are 65,368 charities in England that have children and young people as their beneficiaries – 36,965 general charities in the core population and 28,403 charities in the wider population.
- Most of the core population comprises small organisations such as Parent Teacher Associations, playgroups and scout groups. It therefore has a smaller overall income (£6.1bn) than the wider population (£9.6bn), most of which work in culture and recreation, religion and development. A large number of both populations work in social services.
- Overall income to the core children and young people’s sector rose from 2012/13 by £87m to £6.1bn in 2013/14. This was principally due to a continued increase in income from individuals and a small rise in government income.
- This mirrors the findings from the main Almanac report which found that a small increase in central government departmental spending was reflected in government income to the sector. This mostly took the form of large health and international development contracts (areas of protected spending) to the largest charities. However, subsequent government spending figures indicate that this rise is unlikely to continue.
- Spending has increased along with income to £5.9bn for the core sector, with social service charities spending by far the most of all subsectors working with children and young people (£2.3bn).
- The core young people and children’s sector spent 90% of overall spending on charitable activities and grants, higher than the 85% average for the voluntary sector as a whole.
Overall, the analysis continues to show a diverse sector undergoing change, but responding to financial pressures. An increasing proportion of the income for children and young people’s organisations comes from individuals rather than government when compared with historical figures. In addition, a higher proportion of income is now earned from charitable activities (62%) compared with received from voluntary sources (28%); in 2008/09 these were broadly comparable at around 40%.
However, we also know from the main Almanac analysis that the overall voluntary sector’s growth was concentrated among larger organisations. As the children and young people’s sector comprises so many smaller charities, this may be of some concern to these organisations and many may require ongoing support to continue to respond to a continued uncertain financial future.
Download the full analysis as a slide deck (PDF) below.
The Children and Young People’s Voluntary Sector in England, 2013/14