The latest survey on the impact of the recession shows that Ireland’s leading charities are still being forced to cut essential services and make redundancies due to dwindling government spending and public donations.

In a survey carried out by the Irish Independent, 40 of Ireland’s largest charities responded to questions about the impact that the recession has had on their day-to-day activities.

Special Olympics Ireland reported that its government funding had fallen by 59 per cent since 2008, and that there was an ‘ever-increasing gap’ between income and outgoings.

Only one of the respondents reported being able to pay the interest on their mortgage, whilst most told that they had “virtually exhausted” their cash reserves and have had to cut salaries and pension payments.

The drop in government funding has been coupled with a rise in demand for services from these charities since the onset of the economic downturn, said The Wheel CEO Deirdre Garvey.

“Voluntary organisations tend to be the safety net for a lot of individuals. These cuts are disproportionate. [We] understand the gap in the public finances needs to be closed but there are choices in every budget in how to close the gap. The balance needs to be more even.”

Source: Irish Independent