Association of Chairs, along with colleagues in the charity sector, has been campaigning for the government to provide much needed financial support to help charities maintain their support to people in need, at a time when they need it most.
On 8 April, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the government would be providing £750 million in funding. During his speech, the Chancellor also recognised and praised the valuable services charities provide.
Although welcomed by Association of Chairs, it is only a small fraction of the £4 billion that charities are estimated to lose this quarter. This funding gap means charities will struggle to meet the demand for their services, at a time when people need them more than ever.
There are still some questions about how the new funding can be accessed. Association of Chairs, along with others, is looking at the details to understand how Chairs can access the funds their charities need, as quickly as possible.
Ros Oakley, Chief Executive of Association of Chairs, said: “Many of the people charities work with are already disadvantaged and this is being exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis. It is the worst time to withdraw much-needed support. In addition to providing immediate support, a whole range of charities have a key role to play in the recovery. So wider and longer-term support will be needed to enable charities to keep meeting the need”.