Last Update 26.03.2020 3:00pm

Small Charities Letter to the Prime Minister re COVID19

19th March 2020

To: Prime Minister – Boris Johnson

Cc:  Rt Hon Oliver Dowden, Baroness Diana Barran

MPs and Lords

Dear Prime Minister,

We recognise these are unprecedented times. The UK Government has announced substantial financial measures to support the business sector during the Covid 19 crisis, but once again the charity and not-for-profit organisations has been overlooked. 

We are writing as not-for-profit organisations, charities and funders in the UK who are deeply concerned and worried about the apparent failure of the UK Government to recognise the need for financial support for the not for profit sector at this critical time.

There are almost 180,000 registered charities in the UK and thousands of not-for-profit organisations. We have been collectively ignored and left unsupported during this critical period, yet we have stepped up to the challenge of providing continued support and assistance to those in great need, even when our own organisations are at risk.

We would ask that you look as a matter of urgency into making public commitments that offer financial stability for the not-for-profit sector, just as you have done for the business sector. Furthermore, we request that such measures are of equal measure, ease of access and reach to those provided for other sectors and that you commit to checking and ensuring that all current and future policies and plans include an assessment of their impact on all charities and not-for-profit organisations.

We trust that this will meet with a favourable response and ask for further engagement to support the development of the UK Government’s plans for our sector.

Yours,
Rita Chadha – CEO 

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