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Budget 2017 and the Voluntary Sector


Before it moves to its autumn schedule later this year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered the Spring Budget recently. 

It was confirmed that £20 Million will be made available as part of the policy to stop violence against women and girls, with a range of women’s charities across the UK benefiting from funding announced in the Autumn Statement; the list of these charities is to be announced very soon.

The Chancellor also announced £5 million for projects celebrating the Representation of the People Act 1918; the centenary of women first getting the vote, and to make young people aware about its significance.

Even though it was announced that an extra £2 billion was for adult social care over the next three years, it has been stated by the cross-party Communities and Local Government Committee that this is generally lower than what was expected.

The Government also announced a green paper which looks to put the social care system in a more safeguarded position, as well as giving the voluntary sector opportunity to contribute to future government plans: And some indication that charities might benefit from the £300 million fund to provide discretionary relief on business rates.

For more details of the 2017 Spring Budget, the full documents are now available on the Government website.



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