NAVCA has published the findings of their 2014 survey of Chief Officers, an annual survey carried out to determine the views of NAVCA members on current policy issues. Forty per cent of members completed the survey. The survey findings were presented at NAVCA Annual Chief Officers’ conference (CORE), which is taking place in Manchester today and tomorrow (15-16 October).
The key findings are:
- Despite local authorities dealing with massive cuts the vast majority are still funding local infrastructure.
- NAVCA members feel local authorities and local health bodies listen to the local voluntary sector, but they get largely ignored by LEPs.
- Demand for infrastructure support is increasing.
- Local authority relationships are improving.
The survey shows that although the funding environment for NAVCA members is tough, there is evidence that local statutory bodies recognise the value of their work and continuing to invest in them. An impressive 98% of members said that they were funded by their local authority. Clinical Commissioning Groups fund 57% of NAVCA members.
There is also positive news about members’ relationships with their local councils. NAVCA members’ relationships with local authorities have seen considerable improvement this year. 37% reported that their relationship had got better over the past 12 months, compared to just 16% last year.
Demand for infrastructure is increasing. Almost two thirds of organisations have seen demand for their services increase over the last 12 months, whilst a third has seen no change. Only 3% say that demand has decreased.
Neil Cleeveley, acting Chief Executive of NAVCA, said:
“This survey shows that local councils recognise the contribution NAVCA members make to local communities and they continue to value and fund their work. The best councils and local health bodies understand they need to properly resource local infrastructure in order to work with local charities and community groups. We would like to see more joint investment between local public bodies to achieve better value.”
“This survey also gives a clear and simple message to LEPs. They are not doing enough to engage the voluntary sector. They must work with infrastructure to engage people in local decisions about growth and investment.”