Small Charities Coalition (SCC) is increasingly concerned about the lack of government recognition and action with regards to the charitable sector, its delivery of services during this critical period as well as the sector's current and future funding.
They know from phone calls and emails that this is of serious concern to many. They are eager to get the concerns of small charities on the agenda in particular and have been talking to senior government officials and ministers. They feel the need for action is now.
SCC has drafted the following letter to send to the Prime Minister. It is designed to be simple, unfortunately they do not have the luxury of time to consider changes or redrafts, and to this end they have kept their ask simple. They will also copy in every MP and Lord into this as well, and also profile where they can with your organisation's name and link to you local MP.
Below is a copy of the letter sent to the Prime Minister on 19 March 2020. SCC will keep the letter open in the long term and also publish it on their website - to sign, simply click the link below providing some basic details.
Dear Prime Minister,
The Small Charities Coalition and our 13,800 members recognise these are unprecedented times. The UK Government has announced substantial financial measures to support the business sector during the Covid 19 crisis, but once again the charity and not-for-profit organisations has been overlooked.
We are writing as not-for-profit organisations, charities and funders in the UK who are deeply concerned and worried about the apparent failure of the UK Government to recognise the need for financial support for the not for profit sector at this critical time.
There are almost 180,000 registered charities in the UK and thousands of not-for-profit organisations. We have been collectively ignored and left unsupported during this critical period, yet we have stepped up to the challenge of providing continued support and assistance to those in great need, even when our own organisations are at risk.
We would ask that you look as a matter of urgency into making public commitments that offer financial stability for the not-for-profit sector, just as you have done for the business sector. Furthermore, we request that such measures are of equal measure, ease of access and reach to those provided for other sectors and that you commit to checking and ensuring that all current and future policies and plans include an assessment of their impact on all charities and not-for-profit organisations.
We trust that this will meet with a favourable response and ask for further engagement to support the development of the UK Government's plans for our sector.