Big Squeeze

The impact of the post-recession economic and policy climate



The Big Squeeze 2013: a fragile state

The Big Squeeze Report 2013

The Big 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

Big Squeeze 2012


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 communities.

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 VCS's work.

"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 report

Big Squeeze 2012 executive summary

Big Squeeze 2012 press release