In our 2021 State of the Sector survey partners from across the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector told us that when looking to the future, one of their biggest concerns was the rising cost of living (COL). We know that since this report was published the COL crisis has significantly deepened, with rising inflation, energy and food costs impacting communities across the UK.

In order to gain a fuller understanding of the issues facing the sector and the communities we serve, BVSC and the Barrow Cadbury Trust held a Cost of Living event on 1st November 2022.

The event was attended by over 140 people.

This Insight Report (the first of five such reports based on issues raised in the 2021 State of the Sector) provides a summary of the key themes that emerged from the 12 workshops delivered throughout the day.

To view the agenda from the day, the speaker presentations and biographies, and to access a variety of toolkits, please visit

Our sincere thanks to Barrow Cadbury Trust who funded the event and to all who participated.

Download the Cost of Living Report

Download the Executive Summary