Holding on by a shoestring

Tracking the impact of the cuts on voluntary groups in England's most deprived areas

November 2011

Voluntary groups have a vital role to play in supporting some of the poorest and most marginalised people in our society, no more than in the current economic climate when many people are suffering the effects of rising unemployment, higher living costs and cuts in local services.

This study, which follows an earlier report in March, looks at how church- and faith-based projects in deprived areas are coping in the light of the spending cuts, based on a survey of nearly 150 Church Urban Fund-supported projects.