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Sunday 31 August 2014

Charities hit by 'long-term decline'

Louise Hogan

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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The amount of money given to charities has fallen
The amount of money given to charities has fallen

AN umbrella group for charities has called for a debate on how public services are provided in Ireland, as new figures reveal a sharp fall-off in donations.

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Two thirds of charities have reported a drop in funding of between 11pc and 25pc over three years, according to figures unveiled by charity group The Wheel.

The Wheel director Ivan Cooper said charities have been suffering a "long-term decline" in funding since 2009 – long before the controversy over use of funding emerged at the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) and Rehab.

"The recent scandal has simply made a bad situation worse," he said.

Almost half of Ireland's charities have had to drop some activities or services due to the falling income levels, figures have shown.

Some 60pc of the 500 charities surveyed reported a decrease of their income between 2009 and 2012, with two-thirds experiencing an increase in the numbers looking for services.

And figures revealed a fifth of charities found their income fell more than 10pc last year.

Mr Cooper called for a discussion on how public services were delivered in Ireland.

"We can arrive at a great understanding of the way we do public services in Ireland," he said, pointing out a "large proportion" of the funding for those services come from fundraising.

"Do we want to keep doing that?" he asked.

Irish Independent

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