NCVO are asking the government for urgent financial help for charities. They have explained why:
While in the chancellor's announcement about salaries on Friday it was positive to hear him talk proactively about charities for the first time, and while his announcement will be very reassuring for many people, it won't actually help many charities.
Some are making decisions about redundancies and closure right now.
Supporting the national response and helping vulnerable people to cope are your first priority at the moment, but you cannot do that if you are on the brink of financial collapse.
The chancellor announced that he would pay the wages of employees unable to work due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will apply to firms where bosses have already had to lay off workers and under the scheme, workers would take a leave of absence but still be paid.
This works for many businesses unable to operate during the coronavirus crisis but it doesn’t work if you're a charity, your income has collapsed but you still need to keep your doors open and services running.
A pub or bar can their shut their doors, mothball the kegs and the govt will pay your wages. So it doesn't matter if you have no bar takings. But many charities need to continue caring for those in need and delivering vital public services, they cannot shut their doors and lay off staff. Now more than ever they must support people in need.
GMCVO agrees and supports NCVO's points above, but we are also aware that social enterprises and smaller voluntary and community groups are affected too and will ensure that the right people are aware of this.
You can help NCVO make the case for financial help for charities by:
• Emailing them with details of your financial situation
• Sharing their tweet
• Sharing your charity's story on social media using #EveryDayCounts
• Asking your local MP to support