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UK government promises £40 million for UK charities

After asking the charity sector to come forward with a figure required to continue services in many of the more deprived areas of the UK, the UK government has stepped in with a £40 million payment to cover any potential shortfall in charitable donations. However, despite asking the likes of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations the level of funding needed, the government has ignored the £100 million figure suggested only last week.

While the £40 million programme will allow many charities and non-profit organisations to assist in some of the more deprived areas of the UK, many believe this is nowhere near enough to make up for any recent shortfall in funding. It would appear that the money will be targeted at employment advice, mental health and family support services in many of the more troubled areas of the UK where unemployment is on the rise and families are struggling to survive.

Unfortunately, yet again many people are making comparisons with the banking sector and the £40 million payment which is only a fraction of the billions upon billions poured into the financial arena. While the government sits back and takes the glory of the headlines tomorrow there are serious concerns that the £40 million programme is substantially short of what is required and will see charities and non-profit organisations "shaking their tins again" in the not too distant future.

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