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Voluntary Sector bodies submit joint budget proposals to the Chancellor

03 October 2017

Ahead of November’s Budget, 12 of the leading voluntary sector bodies have jointly written to the Chancellor calling for a strategic approach to supporting the sector through Brexit.

Their submission details five proposals to help ensure the sector survives and thrives through tumultuous political and economic times – they call for the government to spend the libor fines more strategically in the short and medium term, and collaborate with the sector to create long-term sustainability aided by strategic use of dormant assets.

The signatories of the letter and proposals are: ACEVO, Charity Finance Group, Children England, Ethical Property Foundation, Institute of Fundraising, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Locality, NAVCA, NCVO, Small Charities Coalition, Social Enterprise UK, and Voice 4 Change England.

Caron Bradshaw, CEO of Charity Finance Group said:

“I am delighted that sector bodies have worked together to identify what support the sector needs to be able to adapt to the ever increasing and changing demands on our services, and outline potential solutions. This Budget is a critical opportunity to get the support we need to increase sustainability in the sector, with Brexit rapidly approaching this is time that we cannot afford to waste. I strongly urge the Chancellor to sincerely consider these proposals and engage with us to consider how we can strengthen civil society at this critical moment.”

Antonia Swinson, CEO of Ethical Property Foundation stated:

“The Government has set out a vision for Britain post Brexit as an outward looking trading nation. To achieve this, at home we need stable, resilient and ‎cared for communities and it is our UK voluntary sector which has the proven track record in building the necessary social cohesion. This proposal sets out achievable solutions for a sustainable future. We hope the Chancellor will see this as a valuable contribution towards his Autumn budget preparation. '

Peter Lewis, CEO of the Institute of Fundraising added:

“With so much uncertainty facing the country, the work of charities supporting individuals and strengthening our communities has never been more important. At this year’s Budget the Chancellor should act to support charities to raise income in the long-term, through promoting fundraising and encouraging giving, with a particular focus on smaller charities where the need is the greatest.”

Locality CEO, Tony Armstrong commented:

“The proposals to use funding from the Dormant Asset Commission to support greater community asset ownership provide an essential opportunity for government to inject capital into community organisations, regenerate local economies and secure the future of our most important and treasured community buildings, land and infrastructure.”

Mandy Johnson, CEO of Small Charities Coalition said:

"It is essential that the latest budget reflects the needs of communities across the country. When I have been meeting with small charities it is clear that they are the best placed to understand and respond to the challenges that our local communities are facing. They are the first to respond to the needs of our country, the last to leave, and their specialist knowledge is unrivalled. Over the past five years, the loss of grants and small contracts has meant that many small charities have struggled. Those that have survived face the uncertainty of Brexit and a daunting era of digital technology that we all have to adapt to

We need small charities to support communities through the turbulent times we are facing. The budget needs to reflect this by investing in the support for small charities that will help them to adapt and survive."

Read the full letter and proposals here.

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