Church charities within the UK are looking for further authorities funding when the recession hits – Bible Type

Church charities within the UK are looking for further authorities funding when the recession hits

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The Catholic Church has asked the UK government to give extra money to religious charities to keep them from going broke if the country officially plunges into recession.

In a letter to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, church leaders warned that Catholic charities are facing a “perfect storm” financially and many may be forced to close.

They demanded that the "gift support system," which the government supports charities by increasing private donations by an additional 25p for every pound that private donors report for taxes, be immediately expanded to a higher rate.

Even an extra 8 pence for every pound would help offset hundreds of thousands of pounds in losses incurred by Catholic dioceses and Catholic charities since the lockdown began in March, leaders suggested.

"Such a move would be of great help to church groups and other Catholic charities that are helping to support some of the most vulnerable people in our society," said the letter to Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton, chairman of the Social Justice Department of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales; Nigel Parker, director of the Catholic Union of Great Britain, a political lobby group; and by Philip McCarthy, executive director of the Caritas Social Action Network.

The open letter thanked the government for providing the "vital lifeline" of a £ 750 million package to support the volunteer sector during the pandemic, but it said charities remain under tremendous financial pressure and more support is urgently needed.

"As we begin the task of getting our country back on its feet, it is clear that the work of many charities is needed more than ever," it said. “In many cases, it is charities – especially religious groups – that can reach people who need help most.

"This was seen in London through the work of the Catholic Churches in central London in helping insomniacs during the pandemic," it said, referring to people sleeping on the streets.

"Charities are facing extraordinary demand for their services and they are also facing extraordinary pressures," the letter continued. “Many church groups and other Catholic charities report falling incomes and fewer volunteers at precisely the time when their work is most needed. They are facing a perfect storm that could force some to close their doors.

"Our priority is to implement an improved gift support system as soon as possible so that charities can benefit immediately," the letter added. “There has never been a more urgent time to make this change. The government has been generous in responding to the needs of other groups and sections of society during this pandemic. It's time for charities to get fair business. "

The Institute of Fundraising, the sector's professional membership organization, previously stated that the gift assistance rate should be increased to 33p per pound for at least the next two years.

The Catholic Church first stepped in with a similar request in late June when Mike Kane, a Labor MP and Catholic, told the House of Commons that his home diocese of Shrewsbury, itself a registered charity, had lost about a third of its income in the first three months after the lockdown amounted to losses of around 700,000 pounds.

"This will have an impact on the maintenance of the buildings," he said.

In response, Andrew Selous, the second church property commissioner, said he would raise the matter with the government on behalf of Kane and the diocese. The matter was later taken up by the bishops, the Catholic Union and Caritas.

In a statement posted on the Catholic Union's website on Aug. 11, James Somerville-Meikle, director of the group's public affairs department, said "there has never been a better time" to rethink the way the gift support system is being used Support for the program could be used by charities.

A statement by the bishops, which was also posted on the website, said: “Society must be reopened not only to healthy, busy and financially stable members of society, but also to those marginalized and vulnerable people who have this one Was the time of stress. Fear and insecurity.

"The work of charities to ensure the health, well-being and basic human dignity of all people, especially those most in need, is not to be underestimated."

The letter was sent to Dowden just two days before figures from the Bureau of National Statistics, a government agency, confirmed the UK had officially entered its worst recession ever.

The economy collapsed 20.4% between April and June compared to the first three months of 2020, and gross domestic product fell twice as fast as in the US and Germany.

About a quarter of a million people lost their jobs over the same period, and further losses are expected when the government's vacation packages end by October.

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