Charities: Government Assistance

Treasury written question – answered on 11th May 2020.

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Photo of Anna McMorrin Anna McMorrin Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure environmental charities are financially supported during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Anna McMorrin Anna McMorrin Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government plans to take to support environmental charities that have experienced reduced income and capacity to deliver on the Government’s environmental objectives as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Anna McMorrin Anna McMorrin Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether emergency Government funding will be made available to environmental charities during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

Environmental charities make a valuable contribution to the Government’s environmental agenda, through conservation of the natural environment; engaging people in the natural world; and providing access to our beautiful landscapes and coastlines. The Government will continue to work with these organisations on shared objectives during and after the Covid-19 outbreak.

There is no specific financial support available solely to environmental charities. However, environmental charities may benefit from a number of the business support schemes the Government has launched. These include VAT deferrals, Small Business Grant Funding, business rates holidays for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, and the Job Retention Scheme. Full details of the unprecedented support the Government has made available are available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support.

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