“Charities in Redditch and across the country have not been forgotten” – Rachel said following the announcement of £750 million for the charity sector.
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the package of support yesterday (April 8th).
Tens of thousands of charities providing vital services will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.
As part of a UK-wide package of support, £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.
As well as this, £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.
The Chancellor also announced the Government will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.
Today’s announcement builds on previous announcements by the Chancellor to support charities and businesses, including deferring their VAT bills, paying no business rates for their shops next year, and furloughing staff where possible with the Government paying 80% of their wages.
In welcoming the package of support for charities, Rachel said:
“This is a clear message to charities in Redditch and across the country that they have not been forgotten by this Government.
“Our charities are playing a crucial role in the national fight against coronavirus, supporting those who are most in need.
“We’re seeing this on a daily basis here in Redditch. Charities are going above and beyond in their support of our town’s most vulnerable. Volunteers are delivering food parcels, collecting medical prescriptions and keeping in touch with those who feel lonely and isolated during this difficult time.
“This funding will ensure our key charities can continue to deliver the services that millions of people up and down the country rely on.”