İrem UZUN -TDO- The chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £750m of extra funding for frontline charities across the UK, a move that is unlikely to go far enough to save some third sector organizations from collapse. The announcement, made in Downing Street’s daily coronavirus briefing, came after widespread calls to extend government financial help offered to small and medium-sized businesses to the charity sector.
Announcing the move, Sunak also said charities were eligible for help through the government's job retention scheme. However, he said the government wanted to help the charities that were "on the front line of fighting the coronavirus". "Shutting up shop at this moment would contravene their very purpose," he added. The government will also match donations to the National Emergencies Trust as part of the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser later this month, guaranteeing to pledge a minimum of £20m. "We need the gentleness of charity in our lives," Sunak added.
Sunak also announced that charities providing essential services and supporting vulnerable people will be eligible to receive direct funding from the government out of a £360m pool. These will include hospices, St Johns Ambulance, victim charities, vulnerable children charities and citizens advice. More than a quarter of the overall funding, £200m, has been earmarked specifically for hospices. A further £370m will be made available for smaller charities through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund.