Charity Finance Directors' Group responds to the formation of the new Coalition Government

12th May 2010


CFDG welcomes the formation of the new Coalition Government to bring about stronger stability over what promises to be a difficult and uncertain time. Megan McInally, Policy Manager at the Charity Finance Directors’ Group, has stated that, “This is a historic and exciting move in politics, and we look forward to developing a strong working relationship with the coalition partners.”

The charity sector is at the heart of community involvement and should be heavily involved in this Government’s vision of ‘Big Society.’ CFDG hopes that the commitment to this is portrayed in the way the new Government approaches the sector moving forward. In light of policy proposals already outlined regarding the sector, Megan McInally says that, “endeavours should be made at the stage of policy design and implementation to involve the sector and minimise any potential for negative impact on charities.”

CFDG now urges the new Government to consider, with recognition of the fact that the recession has had a belated impact on charities, how to best facilitate this sector in maximising available resources and in maintaining current high quality services. Bearing this in mind, CFDG adds that working groups which are already in progress, in areas such as the simplification of Gift Aid, remain high on the agenda. Megan adds, “These issues are likely to become more pressing as public service spending cuts and other losses of income take their toll on the sector.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. For further information please contact Megan McInally, Policy Manager, on 020 7785 6426 or at megan.mcinally@cfdg.org.uk.

2. The Charity Finance Directors' Group was set up in 1987 and is an umbrella group that specialises in helping charities to manage their finance-related functions. CFDG’s circa 1700 members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £17.4 billion in charity income per year.

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