Unite petitions Chancellor over cuts to charity income

first_img Howard Lake | 22 March 2011 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Funding Law / policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis With 24 hours to go until the government announces its Budget, Unite, the largest union in the country, has presented a petition to the Treasury asking Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to release “the financial thumb screws” on the UK’s not-for-profit sector.The petition has been signed by more than 1,000 Unite professionals working in the sector, and the presentation to the Treasury includes case studies showing the weakened financial state of many charities.Unite National Officer, Rachael Maskell said: “There is an estimated £4.5 billion funding gap for the voluntary sector due to the coalition’s austerity programme. The coalition has taken £5 billion out the not-for-profit sector in terms of funding, but only put back about £500 million in the way of transitional funding and the so-called Big Society Bank.“The financial thumbs screws on the sector are very painful and are resulting in a severe reduction to services to the disadvantaged, the elderly and the very young, as well as job losses among voluntary sector professionals who provide these very services. It is time for the thumb screws to be eased dramatically.”Unite, which has 1.5 million members, has already urged George Osborne to impose a 1p in the pound income tax rise on those earning over £100,000 to help close the voluntary sector funding gap.www.unitetheunion.org Unite petitions Chancellor over cuts to charity income  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img