Chancellor announces £750m to frontline charities

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced (Wednesday 8th April 2020) an extra £750 million will be given to frontline charities.

He said:

Our charities are playing a crucial role in the national fight against coronavirus, supporting those who are most in need... This will ensure our key charities can continue to deliver the services that millions of people up and down the country rely on.

The fund will be broken into various pots:

  • £360 million direct from government departments

  • £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund

  • government will match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser later this month – pledging a minimum of £20 million

In the case of the £360m government departments will cover frontline charities like:

  • hospices to help increase capacity and give stability to the sector

  • St Johns Ambulance to support the NHS

  • victims charities, including domestic abuse, to help with potential increase in demand for charities providing these services

  • vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities

  • Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during this difficult time

To read more about this announcement, click here.


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