The budget 2015: Reaction from around the sector

Business rates

Gift Aid and tax relief

Department spending cuts

The Social Market Foundation assesses departmental spending in its Budget review. Chief Economist Nida Broughton says:

“Overall, the total cut to day to day departmental spending is around £28 billion, down from over £50 billion in December.”

LIBOR fines for military charities and air ambulances

Defibrillators, blood bikes and church roofs

Health and social care

Rethink Mental Illness have published a response on their website welcoming a new £1.25bn investment in children’s mental health services.

Ocean reserve around the Pitcairn Islands

A coalition of groups led by the RSPB, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Zoological Society of London, the Blue Marine Foundation, the Marine Conservation Society, Greenpeace UK and the National Geographic Society said the announcement was a ‘monumental step’ for ocean protection.

What didn’t make it in?

We didn’t hear about the anticipated local sustainability fund. Though we hear through the grapevine that there might be news on this soon.

Child Poverty Action Group’s response to the budget, ‘See no poverty, hear no poverty’ examines the statistics behind the chancellor’s claim that child poverty is down.

Further reading from NCVO

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Chloe Stables Chloe Stables, External Relations Manager, reflects on the latest political developments affecting the voluntary and community sector.

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