I recently predicted that 2011 would be a ‘bloodbath’ for the sector. Perhaps unsurprisingly my comments attracted a mixed reaction. Some praised my honesty but I was also accused of scaremongering and being unduly pessimistic. I want to explain why I stand by that view but why I remain optimistic about the future… I think everyone agrees that this year is going to be painful and challenging for the voluntary and community sector. Government ministers have talked of ‘necessary pain’. 2011 is going to be a tough year. At Urban Forum we receive a steady trickle of news of job losses and closures; NAVCA are losing half their staff, DTA’s and bassac’s merger will see a similar proportion of jobs go and BURA has already been wound up. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Many redundancies and closures go unreported, hidden from all but the local press. I … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Toby Blume is former chief executive of Urban Forum. He now divides his time between working for Lambeth Council helping to implement their Cooperative Council vision, for the Design Council as a Built Environment Expert and on setting up a new free school, the Archer Academy, in North London.
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