8 March, for immediate release
Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget on Wednesday 8 March. Despite the charity sector pressing for a number of important policy changes, with the exception of tampon tax funding for domestic violence charities its representations were ignored.
Commenting on the Budget announcement, Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy at the Directory of Social Change, said, ‘Expectations weren’t high, but still this Budget was pretty much a total washout for charities – despite the fact that the charity sector is holding this country together at the seams. Government seems determined to impose ever more financial and regulatory burdens on charities without much concern about the impact. Whether it’s the apprenticeship levy, insurance premium tax, real or potential fees and charges from agencies and regulators like the Charity Commission, the costs and burdens are going up while the recognition is going down. This matters because ultimately it negatively affects people’s lives. Every charity pound spent on bureaucracy is one which can’t be spent on helping someone.’
He concluded ‘It feels like we’re not being heard. How are we going to change that? Especially given the volume around big debates like Brexit? We need to up our game, because society needs charities to be at the centre of social debates – particularly as dangerous trends in social care, local government finance, and the health service affect communities and people across the country. Millions of those people are also charitable beneficiaries or service users of some kind – or will become so as further cuts bite.’
Notes to editors:
- Founded in 1974, the Directory of Social Change (DSC) is a national charity which supports an independent voluntary sector through campaigning, training and publications. DSC is the largest supplier of information and training to the voluntary sector, and its work helps tens of thousands of organisations every year achieve their aims. Learn more at www.dsc.org.uk