From Fundraising UK
While there were some positives, the Budget lacks detail, does not go far enough, and could see charities left with a £6.6 billion funding gap from the pandemic, charities and representational bodies have said.
Positive steps noted included the announcements of a commitment to support health research and development, the Recovery Loan Scheme extension, more government funding for community sports facilities across England, and the first projects from the Levelling Up Fund.
However, charities also drew attention to the funding pressures they are under, and called for the government to collaborate more closely with the sector as well as give it a greater voice to help address the country’s health and social inequalities.
This article has commentary covering
- A £6.6bn pandemic scar for charity sector
- Recovery Loan Scheme extension welcomed but reduction in government guarantee disappointing
- Insufficient investment in social infrastructure & too little detail
- Further £205m funding for community sports facilities welcomed
- More focus needed on social infrastructure & a greater voice for charities
- Minimum pay rise welcome but not enough to cover rising cost of living