From Civil Society
Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer, has announced a multi-million pound bailout package for the UK charity sector. Charities said the announcement is a good start, but more support is needed and urged the government to keep things under review. He unveiled £750m in new funding for charities.
Sunak committed £350m to smaller community charities, some of which will be distributed using the Big Lottery Reaching Communities fund. Some £60m of this will be spent in Scotland and Wales, he said.
A further £360m will go directly to charities providing frontline services, including £200m to hospices and funding for organisations such as Citizens Advice.
The government will also match the money raised when Comic Relief and Children in Need hold a joint evening fundraising broadcast later in April. The chancellor said that “one of our greatest strengths as a society is our civil society,” adding that charities “have not been forgotten”. He said that “today the government will do our part” with what he called “a plan to support our social fabric”. Sunak also acknowledged that the existing furlough scheme for businesses is not always suited to charities, which cannot consider “shutting up shop” when so many people need help from civil society organisations. The government is also donating £20m to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.
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