Nicole Sykes, Director of Policy and Communications at Pro Bono Economics, said:

“This government support is indispensable for thousands of charities and community groups around the UK that were concerned they might simply sink under the weight of crushing energy bills without it.

“The pressures on these organisations are particularly acute given the unique strain placed on the social sector by the cost of living crisis. As demand for charity support rockets as a result of the economic hardship faced by millions, inflation is eroding the finances of charities every day.

“This is why the whole economy approach to this crisis taken by the government today is so important. It ensures that the kind of organisations that can slip through the cracks, such as community centres and refuges, are protected and can continue to do their vital work, especially at a time of such considerable need.

“It is now crucial that the experience of civil society is fed into the government’s vulnerable sector review in three months’ time, to prevent support slipping away where it is needed the most.”

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