The 2020 edition of the London Charity Property Matters Survey is now out for organisations to complete.
It promises to provide a vivid picture of the London voluntary sector’s property trends, challenges and issues. This will be required reading not just for charities and social enterprises but also for funders, lenders, landlords and London’s local authorities.
The last London Survey in 2018 revealed for the first time that more London charities now rent from commercial landlords than local authorities and core funding to cover property costs are a fast-growing challenge.
Other key findings also highlighted additional pressures facing the sector in the capital competed to the rest of the country: 68% of London charities did not have a strategic property plan; 51% had no-one specifically responsible for property within their organisation (9% higher compared to the rest of England and Wales) and over half the London charities (53%) surveyed did not report regularly on property to trustees (compared to 44% across the whole of England and Wales).
The Ethical Property Foundation (EPF) has run its property advice service in London since 2006. Last year the charity directly supported 108 London organisations while providing free and low-cost workshop training to over 100 more. Community Southwark and its members was one of the beneficaries of a workshop and we hope to team up with the EPF in 2020 to deliver a workshop.
All of the EPF's services have been shaped by the Survey’s findings over the years – from property health checks to training on how to negotiate your lease.
This year’s Charity Property Matters Survey 2020 is therefore hugely important to help understand what London’s voluntary sector needs and parties can work together to overcome the property challenges. Interim survey results will be published in late spring, with the full report launched in November.