Coronavirus: Charitable sector loses 25,000 jobs during pandemic – and 35,000 more likely to leave | UK News


According to new surveys and analyzes, more than 25,000 jobs have already been lost in the charitable sector, of which 60,000 are likely to eventually disappear.

This is five times more than the approximately 5,500 officially announced layoffs.

Many charities have seen fundraisers canceled, charity stores closed, and in some cases, donations have dried up as demand for services grows.

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Research conducted by Pro Bono Economics, in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Finance Group, found that 19% have already had to lay off staff and 23% plan to make further reductions once the vacation program is over. government ended.

Extra Time in Brighton is just one of many charities in a hurry. It offers after-school care, education and games for children with special needs.

Social distancing rules have forced the charity to shut down its center completely during the lockdown, funding is down 30% and three-quarters of staff are on leave.

The current summer camp is less than a third of its usual size. Children who usually come two to three days a week can only attend two days throughout the summer of this year.

“It’s devastating and it’s actually very moving,” said CEO Sam Price.

“Our financial model is very fragile, we are a very small organization, we do not have the reserves.

“With the end of vacation looming, it’s a really worrying time as we may have to make some tough decisions around our team. “

Charity shops were closed during most of the lockdown

It is not only a scary time for the staff, but also for the families who rely on charities. Job losses in the sector will inevitably lead to reduced care, with 58% of organizations surveyed saying they are likely to cut services.

« [Lockdown has been] very stressful, trying to keep everyone happy, everyone safe and maintain some kind of normalcy, ”said Emma Frost, whose son Theo attends Extra Time.

“It’s a lifeline – being able to work, to be able to spend time with your siblings so that you can go shopping.

“I mean, during COVID, you didn’t want to take someone like Theo to a supermarket. Having all these opportunities was a lifeline too. ”

The main problem for many is the cancellation of fundraisers.

The Rainbow Trust, which cares for families with critically ill children, lost half a million pounds in a planned fundraiser in a single weekend in April, about 10% of its annual target.

The charity provides the children with many items, including clothing
Charities provided clothes for children during lockdown

It has already had to make redundancies, reducing its workforce by 17%.

“People work here because they’re passionate, we’re passionate about what we do,” CEO Zillah Bingley said.

“Having to restructure or cut jobs was the worst decision I’ve ever had to make.

“It’s terrifying because I want to be able to say that we will continue to provide the support that we provide. ”

It is currently difficult to estimate the number of charities facing insolvency because the process of winding up a charity is complex and lengthy.

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A separate survey by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) found that a third of small organizations said they could not survive the year without aid.

Organizations across the board are asking members of the public to donate where they can.

Susan Head Pinkney, Head of Research at CAF, said: “I think we often associate charities with certain things and forget that, for example, at the moment we can walk outside, but the channels are managed by charities.

“Society will be a lot worse off without the charities to help us on the other end of it all. ”

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In April, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £ 750million grant for charities. While well received by the industry, it has largely been directed at causes exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis and fails to cover the funding gap estimated at around £ 10bn.

The chancellor said at the time that the government could not match every spending book the sector would have received this year.

Matt Whittaker, CEO of Pro Bono Economic, said: “Charities have been under extraordinary pressure since the start of the pandemic, facing the perfect storm of increased demand and limited resources.

“Navigating this period depends in part on securing more resources from the sector, from government, existing funders and members of the public. “


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