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12 Aug 2010

Special VODG Report

VODG’s new report says, “No” to “slash and burn” and “Yes” to a radical rethink of services – Gain without Pain

The financial crisis has made it imperative to find new ways of working.  We say “No” to “slash and burn” and “Yes” to a radical rethink of services, so that we meet the needs of the people who use services more effectively and often at less cost.

Big cuts in public spending make it all the more necessary to find new ways of working and we need the public sector to work with us, not against us.  We want to work with councils to transform services for disabled people.

In a series of case studies from 10 charities, all of them VODG members, Gain Without Pain shows how the innovation and expertise of the voluntary sector can be harnessed to improve public services and save money at the same time.  The case studies demonstrate that services can be organised around the needs of disabled people in radically new ways without resorting to the widely expected slash and burn approaches to cost-cutting by the public sector.

VODG chairman Bill Mumford says: “The cuts in public spending make it all the more necessary to find new ways of working and we need the public sector to work with us, not against us.  David Cameron says building the Big Society is his great passion.  My passion is showing how the voluntary sector can be central to this vision and that, in spite of the financial crisis, disability charities can provide imaginative, cost-effective services that do what service users ask of them. Gain can be achieved without pain.”

Download the full 40 page "Gain Without Pain" report (PDF 2.5Mb)