Resource charity the London Community Recycling Networkhas partnered with the London Voluntary Service Council to discover the impact of the credit crunch on the citys communities.
The LVSC has already found that the recession has affected reuse projects capital but has launched a survey to gather more evidence. For example, a Richmond-based member of the LCRN is reporting a 46% rise in the distribution of reuse and recycled furniture in the last quarter of 2008 in comparison with the same quarter in 2007.
LCRN chief executive Matthew Thomson said: Weve been making real progress in the last two years helping local authorities establish mutually beneficial contracts with third sector reuse and recycling organisations.
However, these are still annual contracts with great uncertainty at each year end. In the current climate we are asking our public sector partners in particular to step forward and renew and extend their communities to our members, to guarantee essential community services through these uncertain times.
Once LVSC has collected the evidence it will present the findings to policy makers, decision makers and funding partners across London, and ask them to reaffirm their support for the services the sector provides.
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