Ups and down in sector statistics

The 2014 edition of the UK Civil Society Almanac has been published by NCVO and the Third Sector Research Centre – the facts and stats on the voluntary sector, its size and scope, finances and the people that work and volunteer in it.

NCVO’s press release headline is “Over one billion pounds of government income wiped from charities”, while Civil Society Media’s report includes a number of graphs showing trends from 2000, They also have an analysis piece at, and an NCVO research officer has written ‘The Almanac – the five things you need to know‘.

The Almanac website is at

In Scotland, different figures on the size of the sector have come from different research exercises recently. The first Scottish social enterprise mapping survey, released by Big Lottery Fund Scotland, showed the sector larger than most expected, as it included bodies such as universities as well as development trusts, community interest companies, social enterprise networks, trading charities, housing associations and credit unions and cooperatives. Third Force News explains.

And an SCVO article points out that recent growth in income, as reflected in the Scottish charity register, is mainly due to an increasing number of large cross-border charities being registered by regulator OSCR (the article also looks at other recent stats).