8 Apr 2020

Mark Russell, Chief Executive at The Children’s Society, which has launched an emergency fundraising appeal, said: “The Chancellor’s recognition of the importance of charities at the current time in supporting some of the country’s most vulnerable people is welcome. 

“Any help from the Government is a step in the right direction and we need to see the finer details of this package. But on the face of it the cash support announced is a drop in the ocean compared to what charities desperately need to continue supporting some of the country’s most vulnerable people in these worrying times. 

“It is estimated the charity sector will lose £4bn in income over the next three months and there would be huge costs to social care and society should charities collapse. 

“Charities like ours face a perfect storm of rising demand at the same time as income has plummeted amid retail shop closures and cancelled fundraising events. 

“Right now, many disadvantaged children are at increased risk, be it of falling prey to horrific sexual and criminal exploitation or suffering mental health problems. Yet they are cut off from vital support networks like school and youth clubs. They need us now more than ever. 

“The Chancellor acknowledged that charities supporting vulnerable people cannot simply stop their work, so it was disappointing there was no announcement that furloughed frontline staff will be allowed to continue to volunteer. We need to step up our response and mobilise not mothball our fantastic staff right now. 

“We would implore the Government to do more before it is too late.” 

* The Children’s Society has had to close its 106 charity shops 

* The charity is losing around £1m in income every month

More information about the funding package is available here

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