False Economy has the terrible truth about those cuts to charity income:
Research by trade union-backed campaign group False Economy shows that at least 2,000 charities and community groups have seen funding cuts since last summer.
According to the research, at least £110 million of cuts have been made to charities this year – although it anticipates that the final figures will be higher when local authorities confirm exactly how they will respond to the planned 30 per cent cut to their main grant from central Government.
The figures are based on Freedom of Information responses from 265 councils across England. All charities or voluntary groups receiving a funding cut of at least five per cent are listed in the research.
Dreadful I know. But, dear reader, do you know how much charities in the UK bring in each year? You don't - let me help.
There are, according to the Charity Commission, some 162,415 charities with a combined income of £53.86 billion. Yes, you did read that correctly - fifty four BILLION pounds of charity income. And by my calculation £110 million represents about 0.2% of that charity income.
It's a cut. It won't be evenly distributed. But....