Investigation into government funding to charities during the COVID-19 pandemic

From National Audit Office 23rd March:

Today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO) finds that as at 19 February 2021, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (the Department) had disbursed £454 million of £494 million it made available to support charities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It did so through seven schemes and a network of nearly 200 partners, and intends to award and disburse funding until 31 March 2021.

In April 2020, the government announced a financial support package for charities to relieve pressure on public services and help charities meet increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department is responsible for distributing £513 million, which after deducting expected administration and evaluation costs, leaves at least £494 million available to charities.

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