The Big Squeeze 2013: a fragile state
Squeeze Report 2013
Squeeze Executive Summary 2013
This year we didn't just look at the impact of post-recession
policy on the voluntary and community sector in London, but
specifically investigated the impact of welfare reform (i.e.
changes to benefit payments) in the capital. For more information
on the research we have already collated on the impact in London,
please see our webpage or link to our Storify site.
Last year's results: Big Squeeze 2012
Surviving not thriving
Sixty-six per cent of London's voluntary and community sector
organisations who responded to our Big Squeeze 2012 survey reported
an increase in demand for their services, and 60 per cent reported
a decrease in their funding over the year. This suggests that
London's voluntary and community sector (VCS) are now doing
far more with much less. And they are doing so by adopting
innovative and flexible approaches to providing services for their
In previous years, our reports summarised the survey results and
included recommendations for policy makers, commissioners and LVSC.
Reports also included other research used by funders, policymakers
and the VCS. Our previous surveys led to changes in policy,
revision of funding decisions and increased awareness of London's
"The Big Squeeze guidance has been fantastic and politically, it
has really helped us in terms of influencing local policy."
In previous years LVSC's Big Squeeze reports have accurately
predicted trends which later proved true.
Research from 2011 revealed a worrying trend of disproportionate
cuts to cost effective preventative services particularly in
children and young people's, advice and health services.
Big Squeeze 2012 full
Big Squeeze 2012 executive
Big Squeeze 2012 press