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Charities struggling to survive as they play a crucial role in the coronavirus battle will get a £750m boost from government, Rishi Sunak has announced.
The chancellor says his plan will support “the unsung heroes” who are providing services “we all rely on”.
Ministers will hand £360m directly to charities providing essential services to vulnerable people – such as hospices, St John Ambulance and the Citizens Advice Bureau – and £370m to small and medium-sized charities.
“Our charities are playing a crucial role in the national fight against coronavirus, supporting those who are most in need,” Sunak said.
“It’s right we do everything we can to help the sector during this difficult time, which is why we have announced this unprecedented £750m package of extra funding.
“This will ensure our key charities can continue to deliver the services that millions of people up and down the country rely on.”
The chancellor warned, however, that he could not save every job, business or charity with his emergency measures.
Asked if some are falling through cracks and whether he needs to take urgent action for those not covered by his schemes, he said: “I’ve been very clear and very honest that this will take a significant impact on our economy.
“In spite of what are unprecedented measures in scale and scope, I can’t stand here and say I can save every single job, protect every single business or indeed every single charity.
“That’s just simply not possible.”