A focus on the future: leading voluntary sector group reports on the impact of Brexit

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A focus on the future: leading voluntary sector group reports on the impact of Brexit

 

VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) represents leading not for profit disability organisations who together provide care and support to over one million disabled people.

Immediately after the EU referendum result the group has consulted its membership to identify post-Brexit issues and risks.

VODG’s latest report reinforces the on-going challenges providers are experiencing. With many disability organisations dependent on public funding there is widespread concern that further expenditure cuts post-brexit will leave the sector in much deeper crisis. With members of the group receiving EU financing to support infrastructure, research and development, there are serious concerns about the future of these programmes.

Critical workforce issues are raised in the report including the retention of existing EU nationals and securing the future supply. VODG cautions that uncertainty within the labour market following the result could reduce providers’ abilities to recruit in the short term. It also emphasises that, in the longer term, there are broader workforce planning requirements necessary to ensure an adequate pool of skilled and caring staff in the future.

A further set of issues focuses on community cohesion and rights. The risks highlighted include social divisions in society, reductions in community cohesion and losing progressive approaches to disability rights. In addition concerns are raised about distraction to the raft of domestic issues that voluntary disability organisations urgently need Government and policy makers to address.

 

The report outlines VODG’s commitment to work on the established issues across the sector. Head of group, Dr Rhidian Hughes said:

“In this first report we are setting out how we will work on the post-Brexit agenda through a series of reviews, intelligence gathering and – most crucially – partnerships across our membership and the sectors within which disability organisations operate.”

He goes on to say:

“Our post-Brexit strategic priorities and activities will be guided by our collective vision for full choice and control for disabled people.”

 

Notes for editors

VODG is the national body that represents leading voluntary care, support and disability organisations that together support over one million disabled people.

It’s members are diverse in size, history and strategies but share values such as the promotion of rights for disabled people, approaches to citizenship and user choice and control.

VODG’s values are brought together in a vision for full choice and control for disabled people.

Together VODG members:

  • support over one million disabled people,
  • employ over 85,000 staff, and
  • have a combined turnover in excess of £2.5 billion.

VODG works on behalf of its members to influence and develop policy that impacts upon disability organisations, to build relationships with Government and key agencies and to promote good practice.

By VODG influencing policy and practice, its members are better positioned to deliver progressive, high quality and sustainable services that uphold individuals’ rights and meet the needs of disabled people.

VODG’s existing partnerships and relationships with key agencies across the sectors within which disability organisations operate, will be harnessed to steer progress through post-Brexit policy.

Find out more about VODG via our website www.vodg.org.uk, tweet to @VODGmembership and further comment email media.press@vodg.org.uk.