From Civil Society:
Charities feel they have been treated shabbily by the government. Funding intended to support the sector through the pandemic was unattainable for many, and it came too late for those it did reach, in some cases so late that funding may actually have to be returned.
Moreover, the sector fears that the long-term consequences of the pandemic are poorly understood by a government that has put little effort into really listening to what charities have to say.
Charities are not alone in their concerns. Earlier this month, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) strongly criticised the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for a lack of transparency about decision-making, deviation from formal processes and inadequate attention to impact.