No additional emergency funding for charities

28 April, 2020

The government has refused opposition demands for additional funding for charities.

In parliament yesterday, Oliver Dowden MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport was asked by shadow DCMS minister, Jo Stevenson MP to commit further funding for the sector.

He said that the government would “do everything that it can to support charities”, but would not commit to additional funding.

He suggested that other government schemes such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would also help to support charities.

Earlier this month, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak pledged £750m in funding to support charities that are experiencing difficulties during the coronavirus lockdown.

The funding was cautiously welcomed by some in the sector, while others were critical, stating that the support represented less than a quarter of what is required. You can read Voscur’s own response here.

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