In a blog today on the DCMS website Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society Tracy Crouch announced Local Charities Day 2017 to be held on the 15 December this year.  

Duncan Shrubsole, Director of Policy, Partnerships and Communications at Lloyds Bank Foundation said:

“Small and local charities play a vital but often unseen role in our communities across England and Wales, working on the frontline to tackle disadvantage and deliver positive change.

"Anything that celebrates and highlights the important contribution made by small and local charities must be welcomed but if the Government really wants to support these vital organisations, it needs to tackle the key issues holding them back today, not wait until December.

"We speak to small and local charities every day who tell us of the real pressures they face, trying to help more people with more complex needs at a time of unprecedented cuts to funding and poor commissioning practices that deny them the resources they need. The Government should use Local Charities Day to announce how it will deliver the changes needed at national and local level so small charities can continue to deliver vital services for local people and communities.”

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