Budget 2017 and the Voluntary Sector22-Mar-2017
Before it moves to its autumn schedule later this year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered the Spring Budget recently.
It was confirmed that £20 Million will be made available as part of the policy to stop violence against women and girls, with a range of women’s charities across the UK benefiting from funding announced in the Autumn Statement; the list of these charities is to be announced very soon.
The Chancellor also announced £5 million for projects celebrating the Representation of the People Act 1918; the centenary of women first getting the vote, and to make young people aware about its significance.
Even though it was announced that an extra £2 billion was for adult social care over the next three years, it has been stated by the cross-party Communities and Local Government Committee that this is generally lower than what was expected.
The Government also announced a green paper which looks to put the social care system in a more safeguarded position, as well as giving the voluntary sector opportunity to contribute to future government plans: And some indication that charities might benefit from the £300 million fund to provide discretionary relief on business rates.