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Charity begins at home

Since the beginning of the ongoing recession, donations to UK charities have collapsed and the UK government, often a supporter of good causes, has also left the sinking ship. The sector is now very much smaller than it was at the start of the recession and even though many of the larger charities appear to be coping well, there have been significant hits across the board. So what next?

The problem charities have is the fact that unemployment will lag any recovery in the UK economy and as such it is highly likely that charitable donations will also follow the same path. We will see more mergers of smaller charities, we will see charities going under but of most concern is the fact that many of these charities do excellent work in the UK with many groups in society who are underprivileged.

Even though the UK government has been very lacklustre in its recent support of charities, the fact is that the more people who suffer because of a lack of charitable donations, the more pressure this places on the UK social benefit fund and ultimately the UK taxpayer. These are very trying time for the UK charity sector and unfortunately they look like lasting for some time yet.

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