Clinks response to Welsh Parliament Finance Committee – Draft Budget
Clinks provided a response to the Welsh Parliament Finance Committee’s consultation on the Welsh government’s Draft Budget proposals for 2023-24. In particular we responded to the consultation question “Is support for third sector organisations, which face increased demand for services as a consequence of the cost of living crisis and the pandemic, sufficient?”.
Some key points within the response are:
- We firmly believe that the most effective way for Welsh government to support the sector is through the provision of flexible, unrestricted, multi-year grant funding.
- We want to see continued join-up between the Welsh government, the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison & Probation Service. Where possible more opportunities to co-commission services, as seen in the Women and Young Adult Service contract, should be explored.
- Our 2022 State of the Sector research shows that voluntary organisations’ staff across Wales and England are taking on more service users; with the level, complexity and urgency of their needs continuing to grow.
- Staff recruitment and retention is particularly challenging, driven in part by an increased demand for services and inflationary pressures.
- Many organisations do not receive full costs recovery on at least some of their contracts and three quarters of organisations surveyed reported running costs had risen with more than a third saying those costs had risen significantly.