Sector bodies urge Chancellor to protect non-profits from impact of Coronavirus outbreak in Budget

Melanie May | 10 March 2020 | News

Ahead of tomorrow’s Budget (11 March), sector bodies including ACEVO, Charity Finance Group and the Institute of Fundraising have written a joint letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak asking him to implement emergency measures to support non-profits during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The letter, sent today, 10 March, says that the charity sector has a “critical role to play in helping the government and the wider population meet the potential crisis, but needs support, communication and engagement to do so effectively”.
The co-signatories ask for the Chancellor to apply to the sector the same approach in terms of the extra financial help promised for individuals and businesses should measures against the virus mean they become out of pocket or face cash flow problems.
The letter urges the Chancellor to support the sector through measures that should include:

The co-signatories state that their organisations will be closely monitoring the situation from their members’ perspectives, doing what they can to support them, and passing on relevant insight to the government. They also offer to meet with the government to discuss the proposals.
The letter is signed by:

It can be read in full on the Charity Finance Group’s site.