9th April, 2020
HM Treasury announces additional charities funding
Announced on Wednesday 8 April 2020 by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Charities providing vital services and helping vulnerable people through the current crisis will benefit from £360 million to be allocated directly by government departments. These will include:
- hospices to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector
- St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS
- victims charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand for charities providing these services
- vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities
- Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time
As well as this, £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England. Further details on applications for this funding will no doubt be revealed in the next few days.
Finally, the Government will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.
It is hoped this additional funding will build on previous support for charities, including deferring their VAT bills, paying no business rates for their shops next year, and furloughing staff where possible with the Government paying 80% of their wages.
UK charities are providing essential support for our local communities and the most vulnerable in our society.
If you or your charity have any questions or need any legal support, please contact Helen Watson in our Employment team.
Head of Team and Partner
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