Small and local charities can help UK 'level up', Infrastructure organisations including Lloyds Bank Foundation tell Chancellor ahead of March's Budget

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Lloyds Bank Foundation, alongside other charity infrastructure organisations including NCVO, ACEVO and Charity Finance Group, has written to the Chancellor ahead of the Budget on 11 March, calling for charities to be supported to play their role in light of the government’s ambition to ‘level up’ the UK.

The group have set out four key proposals to ensure that the charity sector has the resources to continue its vital work supporting communities and tackling some of society’s biggest challenges.

The proposals include calling for a fairer funding settlement for local authorities, reducing the strain on overstretched public services. Research commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation found that, while councils have tried to protect those most at risk, the impact of cuts to local authority funding have fallen most heavily on the most deprived communities. At a time when demand for services is rising, councils have been forced to shift spending away from preventative services in order to meet the need for people in immediate crisis.

Other proposals include calling for details of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to be made clear as a matter of urgency, ensuring that people facing disadvantage do not lose out from the Government’s promised replacement for EU funding.

The group have also backed calls for the establishment of a Community Wealth Fund, creating a long-term fund for the communities which need it most. The fund would put local people in charge of achieving their own aspirations for their areas and would be targeted at communities which have benefited the least from economic prosperity – this is key to the government’s ambition to ‘level up’ communities across the UK.