West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called on the Chancellor to provide immediate support for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

Recognising the crucial role these groups play all year round, and the part they will play in the national response to the Coronavirus crisis, MP Rosie has called on the Chancellor for an immediate cash injection to support them, many of whom have seen income drop dramatically through reduced fundraising efforts since the Coronavirus outbreak.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) predicts that there will be a loss in the sector of £4.3bn in income over the coming 12 weeks. The figure could be far higher.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“From national bodies like Age UK to smaller, local charities like the foodbanks, it is vital that Government supports charities, voluntary groups and social enterprise as a key infrastructure support during this Coronavirus crisis.

“Many charities provide significant support services which already relieve pressure on our NHS and social care sector, to lose this support at a time when the NHS is already over capacity would be disastrous.

“The support offered by these groups is unmatched elsewhere and they are the ones supporting residents on the frontline in the same way the NHS and other emergency services are.

“I have gladly given my support to the calls for the Chancellor to release an immediate cash injection to the sector as well as working with funding partners to unlock further funds, from the National Lottery for example.”

 

Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer

HM Treasury

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

21 March 2020

 

Dear Chancellor,

Coronavirus – Support for Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Social Enterprises

We are writing to you as a cross party group of MPs and peers to ask for urgent action to be taken on supporting charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, given the unprecedented situation, and their ability to play a crucial role in the national response to Coronavirus.

Charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises offer crucial support to many parts of our society every day, and in the coming months will be vital in tackling the spread and impact of Coronavirus / COVID-19. Many can help alleviate the pressure on our NHS and social care services and provide support to people suffering from the economic and social impact of the pandemic, as well as helping with everything from mental health impacts to support for vulnerable families.

But without an immediate injection of money, many charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises of all sizes will soon close. Funds are running out. 

Crucially, the NCVO predicts that there will be a loss in the sector of £4.3bn in income over the coming 12 weeks. The figure could be far higher.

Your announcement of further financial support for employers, businesses, and people – including that these should apply to charities – is welcome, but charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises require detailed clarification of where they are eligible for such support.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), and the Charity Finance Group have issued their own urgent calls, and we endorse these and call on you to take the following urgent actions, working directly with the Devolved Administrations, to protect the charity, voluntary and social enterprise sector at this crucial time:

  • Provide immediate emergency funding for frontline charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises supporting the response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, especially where they are alleviating pressure on the health service or providing support to people suffering from the economic and social impact of COVID-19
  • Provide a ‘stabilisation fund’ for all charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises to help them stay afloat and continue operating during the course of the pandemic.
  • Provide confirmation that all charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises as employers will be eligible for the Government action to cover 80% of the salary of retained workers, and clarify the situation for the differing governance models of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises – including CICs.
  • Establish an emergency grant fund – NCVO have recommended that the mechanism most effective for this would be the National Emergencies Trust (NET) – which has established links with Community Foundations.
  • Confirm that charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises are eligible for the other business interruption measures announced for business. Particularly can you urgently confirm how the following measures will be available to charities: the £330bn loan guarantees; the criteria for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises being eligible for the business interruption loan scheme; and whether additional business rates measures include premises that are not retail charity shops?
  • Work with the UK’s largest philanthropic organisations and foundations, the National Lottery and others to identify grant funding which can be drawn down early over the coming days, or in addition from their reserves and existing grant programmes to help fill the growing gaps in the sector.

I am copying this letter to the Prime Minister, and the Minister for Civil Society.

We look forward to hearing your urgent response.

Signed,

Stephen Doughty MP

and

Julian Lewis MP

Ian Blackford MP

Wendy Chamberlain MP

Colum Eastwood MP

Liz Saville-Roberts MP

Gary Streeter MP

Vicky Foxcroft MP

Alistair Carmichael MP

Rushanara Ali MP

David Amess MP

Tonia Antoniazzi MP

Apsana Begum MP

Hilary Benn MP

Clive Betts MP

Paul Blomfield MP

Chris Bryant MP

Karen Buck MP

Dawn Butler MP

Ian Byrne MP

Ruth Cadbury MP

Sarah Champion MP

Bambos Charalambous MP

Joanna Cherry MP

Daisy Cooper MP

Rosie Cooper MP

Yvette Cooper MP

Neil Coyle MP

Stella Creasy MP

Alex Cunningham MP

Janet Daby MP

Wayne David MP

Geraint Davies MP

Alex Davies-Jones MP

Anneliese Dodds MP

Jack Dromey MP

Rosie Duffield MP

Jonathan Edwards MP

Chris Elmore MP

Bill Esterson MP

Chris Evans MP

Preet Kaur Gill MP

Mary Glindon MP

Kate Green MP

Lilian Greenwood MP

Andrew Gwynne MP

Claire Hanna MP

Carolyn Harris MP

Helen Hayes MP

Sharon Hodgson MP

Rachel Hopkins MP

George Howarth MP

Darren Jones MP

Gerald Jones MP

Ruth Jones MP

Sarah Jones MP

Barbara Keeley MP

Stephen Kinnock MP

Peter Kyle MP

Ben Lake MP

David Lammy MP

Tony Lloyd MP

Caroline Lucas MP

Holly Lynch MP

Angus MacNeil MP

Seema Malhotra MP

Kerry McCarthy MP

Siobhain McDonagh MP

Andy McDonald MP

Catherine McKinnell MP

Anna McMorrin MP

Layla Moran MP

Stephen Morgan MP

Grahame Morris MP

Ian Murray MP

James Murray MP

Matthew Pennycook MP

Toby Perkins MP

Jess Phillips MP

Yasmin Qureshi MP

Angela Rayner MP

Steve Reed MP

Christina Rees MP

Rachel Reeves MP

Marie Rimmer MP

Naz Shah MP

Virendra Sharma MP

Barry Sheerman MP

Alex Sobel MP

Wes Streeting MP

Zarah Sultana MP

Mark Tami MP

Alison Thewliss MP

Gareth Thomas MP

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP

Stephen Timms MP

Derek Twigg MP

Claudia Webbe MP

Catherine West MP

Matt Western MP

Philippa Whitford MP

Mohammad Yasin MP

Lord Adonis

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