The transfer of the Office for Civil Society from the Cabinet Office to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in July 2016 has raised concerns that the Third Sector’s influence across Whitehall could be weakened, resulting in further funding cuts.
Jay Kennedy, director of policy and research at the Directory of Social Change, described the relocation as “a demotion for civil society policy,” while Peter Holbrook, chief executive of SEUK described it as a “curious move with potentially serious consequences for our sector’s future.”
Charity heads suggest it will be more difficult to drive the sector’s agenda from within the DCMS.
As the chart below shows, charities of all sizes are heavily reliant on government funding, so a cut of only a few percentage points will translate into financial challenges for many charities.
Source: NCVO Almanach