In his announcement yesterday, the Chancellor of Exchequer Rishi Sunak confirmed a £750m emergency support package for “front-line charities” in response to concerns from the sector about a lack of funding due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Sunak announced that £360m would be distributed as direct government grants to charities that were providing “essential services and supporting vulnerable people”, with a further £370m being shared among smaller “community charities”.
He also confirmed that the government would match “pound for pound” any donations made through the BBC’s Big Night In event, through a donation for the National Emergencies Trust appeal, and based on a minimum government contribution of £20m.
During his speech, the Chancellor said that charities which provide “compassion, care and community to the most vulnerable in our country” had not been forgotten during the coronavirus outbreak, and reminded charities that they are also able to use many of the existing schemes announced in order to protect staff. Sunak added that for many, the right answer would be to furlough their employees during the crisis through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme .
Sunak also confirmed that in England, the funding shall be provided through organisations such as the National Lottery Community Fund, with £60m of this fund being allocated to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The other £360m would be given directly to charities, including £200m earmarked for hospices, with the remaining amount going to organisations including St John Ambulance and Citizens Advice, as well as charities supporting vulnerable children, victims of domestic abuse or disabled people.
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