Caron Bradshaw, CEO of CFG, comments:
CFG broadly welcomes Mr Danny Kruger' MP's long-awaited report. It is heartening to see that he has recognised the crucial value of charities and social enterprise in our country’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, and the role they will continue to play in the future of our communities.
Mr Kruger has rightly pointed out that the Treasury's £750m grant to the charity sector was a lifeline earlier this year, and we welcome his recommendation that government now needs to go further still.
The proposal to launch new funds for Covid-19 recovery and longer-term investment is one that we also welcome, as is his recognition that the government can go much further by making changes to the Gift Aid regime and tax treatment of charitable bequests.
Mr Kruger’s report is a clear indication to government that civil society and social enterprises are a vital component in our country’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and crucial in ‘building back better’.
If government is to truly deliver on its pledge to ‘level up’, it must now take these important recommendations and work hand-in-glove with #NeverMoreNeeded civil society.
We hope that Mr Kruger’s report will mark the beginnings of a vital dialogue between government, charities, social enterprises and wider civil society. Talk is one thing; we now need the government to start putting in place the infrastructure required, and back that with those desperately-needed funds.
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