The government and opposition argue about how to manage the economy. They agree that cuts are needed (although the size of the cuts is at issue) but the route to growth is in dispute. If you cut and cut will the economy stagnate?
Many small businesses, including small NGOs, are worrying about how public spending cuts will affect their ability to continue their core work.
Wildlife NGOs generally receive financial support from four main sources: government, industry, grant-giving bodies and direct public support from individuals. All such sources of funding are likely to be squeezed and so the likelihood is that NGO work will be too.
Some of the cuts made in Defra’s budget this time last year are now finding their way through to cuts in grant and contract income of wildlife NGOs. One example has recently come to my attention (rather indirectly) but I am sure that there are plenty of others. Butterfly Conservation – of which I am a keen member – recently received cuts to their grant income from Natural England of around 85% (from c£300k to c£40k).
Other wildlife NGOs are facing similar financial challenges to their core work of saving threatened species.
Makes you wonder doesn’t it? It makes me wonder:
- what is the Big Society solution to losing expert posts in nature conservation?
- will private sector money flood in to replace the funds lost through public spending cuts?
- when the economy picks up again will we have lost wildlife that cannot recover?
And while you are wondering, then please show your support for the excellent work done by Butterfly Conservation by supporting their work.