Coronavirus: Chancellor throws charities a lifeline

Ian Mean
Director of Business West Gloucestershire | Business West
8th April 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has thrown a £750 million lifeline to charities threatened with closure.

He told the regular 5pm press conference this evening that £370 million of that money would go to small charities.

In his words, these small charities were “the unsung heroes looking after the vulnerable and holding together our social fabric”.

And £200 million would be given to hospices, and here in Gloucestershire many parts of the South West they faced a very gloomy financial future.

To me, Rishi Sunak was at his most compassionate as he made the charities announcement saying there were nearly 170 000 of them-some on the front line of the battle with the coronavirus.

Shutting up shop on the High Street at this time “would contravene their very purpose”.

And he added: “Local charities can provide so much compassion, care and community to the most vulnerable in our community.

“You have not been forgotten”.

Rishi Sunak had good news on the condition of prime minister Boris Johnson in hospital saying that he was now improving in intensive care and sitting up in bed. Really good news.

But the national coronavirus figures continue to rise with 938 deaths in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of fatalities to 7,097.

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