"The outgoing Chief Executive of charity Community Service Volunteers (CSV), Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, said the Government had failed to provide opportunities for people to do more in their communities and in some cases, spending cuts imposed on councils had taken them away.
Dame Elisabeth said: "Does one hand know what the other hand is doing? We know we need to save money, but there are other ways of saving money without destroying the volunteer army.""
Charities hit by corporate stinginess
Big business blames the recession for the slump in donations. Richard Northedge reports.
Charities 'must catch up with modern world'.