Charitable organisations have written to the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, seeking clarity on the replacement for EU funds.
Organisations, including NCVO, Acevo and the Charity Finance Group have called on the government to urgently provide more clarity about how EU funds will be replaced next year and to increase funding for local councils in next month’s Budget.
The letter, which has been published in the run-up to the Budget on 11 March, says more details on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), which is the UK’s replacement for EU funding, are required before the new funding model comes into force in 2021.
A Government consultation on the UKSPF is expected as the Conservative’s manifesto last year promised £500m of the fund would be made available for disadvantaged people, as well as maintaining existing EU funding levels in all four home nations. However, charities are asking for more details over how the fund would be designed and delivered.
The letter adds that core government funding for local councils is required to offset the impact of cuts of 50 per cent in real terms since 2010/11, and to alleviate increased demand on community and charitable services that have appeared as a result.
The letter goes on to say that, ‘Charities are working in an increasingly tough environment. The ability of the sector to continue to help unlock the potential of all parts of the UK depends upon providing them with the resources and structures to make it happen.’
(Information from ThirdSector.co.uk)