Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty has written a letter signed by a group of cross-party MPs and peers calling on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, to issue more funding for the charity sector during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that many will soon close without help.
Evolve Housing + Support is backing the cross-party letter as funding streams continue to come under threat. Staff shortages, sick pay and the increased needs of our service users are applying pressure to the tight budgets that charities often exist on.
In an organisation of 250 employees, the organisation has experienced over 60 days of leave taken since 11 March due to Coronavirus. This does not take into account potential future funding cuts, such as public and corporate fundraising that is likely to be lost as more companies begin to face financial difficulty.
As a charity, Evolve works to tightly controlled budget’s to ensure it provides a the most high level of support to the homeless people in their supported housing. During this period, the charity is calling on the government to open up a greater number of funding streams to protect charities so they can continue to provide support and help to the most vulnerable.
The group of more than 230 MPs and peers has called on the government to provide urgent funds for the voluntary sector in the face of an estimated loss of more than £4bn of income over the next few weeks.
The letter sent to Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, outlines the role that charities play in society and the threat they face:
“Charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises offer crucial support too many parts of our society every day, and in the coming months will be vital in tackling the spread and impact of coronavirus.”
Evolve Chief Executive Jeremy Gray said:
“The true impact that coronavirus is having on the charity sector is yet to be fully felt.
“Many organisations are already feeling the pinch with increases in salary costs, to cover increased staff sick pay, additional agency staff to cover shifts, and more. There is also the wider risk that comes from the uncertainty to corporate and public fundraising as a result of the stalling economy.
“These disruptions could potentially spell disaster for many charities who rely on what was once considered reliable income.
“We hope the Government will answer our collective voice to provide financial security for charities like ourselves so we can continue to protect the most vulnerable of our society at a time of sustained crisis.”