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Voluntary groups highly dissatisfied with help from local statutory bodies - 7 May 2009

The government-sponsored 'National Survey of Third Sector Organisations' has produced an average national score for how effectively local statutory bodies help voluntary organisations achieve their aims, of just 16 per cent.

The low scoring has prompted charities minister Kevin Brennan to urge local authorities, primary care trusts and other local government bodies, to redouble their efforts to improve their performance under the National Indicator 7 – ‘An environment for a thriving third sector’.

The results differed vastly according to whether the respondent third sector organisations had current contact with local statutory bodies. Where they did, they give an NI 7 score of 75 per cent. Where they had little or no contact, the score dropped to 3 per cent.

The survey was mailed to more than 104,000 charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises, and 48,949 – 47 per cent - completed it.

Click here for a table giving results across each local area
Click here to see the headline report for your area

Further details and analysis of the survey can be found at