The Chancellor’s Spring Statement - Our experts weigh in on the role of charities during hard times
In March 2022 Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the contents of his Spring Statement in the House of Commons. Key points indicated the strain many households will feel with an increased cost of living - which has risen to levels not seen in Britain in 30 years.
Given the huge impact this will have, charities have an important role to play as many people face challenging times.
Responding to the Spring Statement, Neil Heslop OBE, Chief Executive of CAF said:
“We’re all acutely aware of the cost-of-living crisis and the strain it places on people everywhere. Charities are the first line of defence when families fall on hard times, and they stand ready to work with partners to meet the likely increase in demand on their services.
“It is positive that the Chancellor has announced some measures to help tackle this in today’s Spring Statement, but realistically more action is needed if we are to avoid the worst effects of this crisis.
“Given the role charities play in the UK’s response to poverty, deprivation and social crises, we encourage the Government to ensure the sector is part of the conversations about ways to help, particularly as part of the levelling -up agenda.”
Neil Heslop is the Chief Executive of Charities Aid Foundation, a leading charity operating in the UK and internationally. He is available to speak with media about how the current economic situation is affecting civil society and the role charities can have in the levelling-up agenda.