UK charities argue they will lose £198m because of government red tape

Updated:2024-03-25 13:46    Views:158

Several British charities have complained that government red tape has hampered their ability to raise money.

The charities, along with People's Postcode Lottery, have pleaded with the UK Government to abolish ‘pointless and outdated’ restrictions on charity fundraising, which are expected to cost them £198m ($249m) over the next five years.

The Royal Voluntary Service, one of the affected charities, says it could lose up to £5.3m.

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service, said: “The support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery has a monumental impact on the services that we deliver to support the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

“It’s thanks to players that Royal Voluntary Service can mobilise its volunteers to reach and support over 60,000 people face to face and nearly 50,000 people virtually all over the UK.” 

Other affected charities include Barnardo's,Online Casino Games for Real Money which could lose up to £5.1m, as well as Young Lives v Cancer, Maggie's, and Barnardo's, two organisations that support cancer patients, which it is claimed could lose up to £4.3m each.  

Dame Laura Lee DBE, Maggie’s Chief Executive, said: “Over the last 15 years funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery has helped transform the support we have been able to offer, helping us extend our network of cancer support centres and reach many more people with cancer as well as their families and friends."