On 7 July the #nevermoreneeded campaign published details of the proposals they had sent to the chancellor to provide urgent and much needed support to the VCSE sector, ahead of his summer update to Parliament.
Their Five Point Plan called for these actions:
- Implementation of a flexible approach and appropriate extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Introduction of the Gift Aid Emergency Relief Package
- Repurposing of and access to the National Fund to support charity services
- Ensuring effective and efficient distribution of the Shared Prosperity Fund
- Creation of a Community Wealth Fund using Dormant Assets
As the UK enters the second phase in its recovery, the Chancellor’s plan described in the summer economic update, is designed to support jobs by focusing on skills and young people, create jobs with investment in shovel-ready projects and greening our infrastructure, and protect jobs through a VAT cut for the hospitality sector and a landmark Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme for diners.
Reaction to the announcements
The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations’ (ACEVO) response to the chancellor’s announcements include that they feel the plan is based on consumption and does not reflect the challenges faced by the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in our communities. They are hoping that Danny Kruger’s upcoming civil society review and the Autumn Budget still provide an opportunity for the government to demonstrate its commitment to investing in communities and civil society so that we can build back better together.
NCVO’s policy manager Paul Winyard has tweeted a summary of the key points for charities, including some thoughts from the sector.
His comments includes views on the new VAT changes. Paul comments that:
VAT will be cut from 20% to 5% for the next 6 months on food, accommodation and attractions. The cut lasts from today until 12 January. Charities in leisure & hospitality will benefit, but some orgs will likely be excluded