Advice for charities and voluntary sector
Voluntary organisations must remain financially robust in order to cope with increased needs and economic uncertainty that may result from a no-deal Brexit and future outbreaks of COVID-19.
Some key steps that charities and voluntary organisations should take now are:
- Identify the costs associated with a decline in the pound, increased inflation, rising prices and supply chain disruption on your operations.
- Ensure you have sufficient funding to cover the identified costs.
- Update your contracts and review your workforce
- Consider alternatives to your current supplies in case any border delay arises.
Although the UK has left the EU, you'll continue to get any EU funding you've already been awarded. This includes funding you're due to get after 31 December 2020. If you're in receipt of EU funding, it will be allocated until the end of the transition period.
You can still apply to some EU funds under the current spending framework during 2021. See Getting EU Funding (GOV.UK website).
You should establish whether a loss in funding after 2020 may create gaps in your income stream and think about how you may be able to mitigate this.
If you're facing financial difficulties, please check out local funding, including:
If you currently employ an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, they must apply before 30 June 2021 for in order to continue living and working in the UK.
Review your hiring needs over the long-term. Consider whether you may need to fill any skills gaps either as a result of EU staff choosing to leave the UK or as a result of reduced supply of EU workers after Brexit. Make contact with the local job centre and Merton Council to explore ways to train and hire British workers.
If you are planning to hire people from outside the UK from 1 January 2021, regardless if they are EU or non-EU citizens, they will need to apply under the new points-based immigration system.