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Autumn Statement 2016: DSC calls on Treasury to put communities first

DSC has written to the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, to urge him to use his first Autumn Statement to take some positive decisions for the voluntary sector and the people who rely on it

In our letter we called on the Chancellor to:

  • Honour its commitment to communities to repay the £425m government owes the big lottery fund which was ‘borrowed’ in 2007 to pay for the Olympic games
  • Properly resource the Charity Commission so that it can regulate and support charities without having to resort to charging fees on charitable income
  • To reverse the disastrous disappearance of grant funding  and review the benefits of payments by results mechanisms and social impact bonds in particular

In our letter we lent our support to the policy propositions put forward by ten voluntary sector umbrella bodies including CFG, NCVO, NAVCA and the Small Charities Coalition. You can find these here. 

We’ll be tuned in to the Chancellor’s statement on Wednesday 23 November from 12:30 to see if he’s taken our recommendations on board and what else might be in store for charities.

Not sure if you’ll be able to keep yourself awake throughout the statement? here’s a game to play while he’s speaking. Not able to watch the statement? Don’t worry, we’ll be analysing what happens and telling you everything you need to know right here.