Following today’s announcement in the Commons by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley of a new charities strategy Paul Streets, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation said:

“We welcome today’s announcement of a new strategy for civil society and look forward to working with the Government to develop its proposals. Any strategy must give its focus to those that make up the majority of the sector – small and medium charities.

“Charities with a turnover of less than £1 million make up 97% of the sector. They are delivering vital support and services in our communities – often going unrecognised and undervalued for it.

“Day in and day out we see the role that these charities play in our communities, using their knowledge and experience to help those most in need. They too are the ones facing the biggest challenges. Funding is reducing as demand and complexity increases and what public funding there is from central and local government is increasingly routed through large contracts that effectively cut out small charities.

“Today’s announcement is a chance for the Government to get fully behind the charity sector and to listen to and learn from the small and local charities which make it what it is. It is also a chance to build on the important work already done by the House of Lords and Civil Societies Futures Project and to further strengthen charities to not just survive but thrive.

“Now the government must play its role to help them to flourish and give them and those they support the chance of a brighter future. Most importantly we encourage the government to recognise its own role in supporting the sector, particularly small and local charities, as a valued partner in policy making and service delivery, right across Government.

“We will play our part – we hope Government will seize this opportunity with both hands.”

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