Covid-19: Charity Sector

Treasury – in the House of Commons on 7th July 2020.

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Photo of Jo Gideon Jo Gideon Conservative, Stoke-on-Trent Central

What fiscal steps he is taking to support the charity sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

Alongside unprecedented support for individuals and businesses in the light of the covid-19 outbreak, the Government have announced a £750 million support package for charities, £360 million of which will be allocated directly to charities providing essential services and £200 million will go to local charities through the National Lottery Community Fund.

Photo of Jo Gideon Jo Gideon Conservative, Stoke-on-Trent Central

I thank the Minister for that answer and for the support that enabled charities to develop new ways of working during lockdown. Will the Minister outline how this Government’s support has helped my constituents in Stoke-on-Trent Central?

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

My hon. Friend is right to highlight the extraordinary innovations of charities in Stoke-on-Trent and across the country. We have seen innovation and adaptation right across the economy, made possible in part by the unprecedented level of support that we have been referring to during this session. As of the end of last week, £230 million had been disbursed from the Government’s charity support fund.