Voluntary support in a 'post-austerity' landscape: Bidding for non-state funding to support precarious lives

Authors: Andrew Power*, Geography and Environment
Topics: Social Geography, Disabilities, Qualitative Methods
Keywords: Third sector, non-profit, voluntary sector, austerity, disability
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 25
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This paper examines voluntary sector care and support provision under a context of significantly reduced government funding. Whilst geographers have analysed the causes and aftermath of austerity on different populations, little attention has been paid to how managers and staff of voluntary sector organisations have had to learn and evolve through bidding for non-statutory funding as a way to sustain their core support provision. Drawing on research with voluntary support organisations in the learning disability social care sector in England and Scotland, the paper examines the effects of the state's continued reliance on the sector for core 'public' services whilst simultaneously withdrawing its funding. Using accounts from staff and managers, the paper offers a particularly novel and potent example of the unfinished and unsettled nature of care and support that has unfolded in the wake of austerity.

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