Our Evidence Submission to the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport's Select Committee Inquiry: COVID-19 and the charity sector

This is our evidence submission to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Select Committee Inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on the charity sector.

In our response we present a number of evidence points. These include:

  • SIB has implemented systematic data collection processes with our customers to create a live and robust data set on the impact of this crisis on the organisations we support.
  • We are concerned about gaps in the support packages currently available from the Government – especially in terms of the amount of funding available; the eligibility criteria for grants; and delays with receiving/accessing funds. 
  • SIB has recently launched the Recovery & Resilience Loan Fund in partnership with Big Society Capital and other social investment partners. 
  • We are undertaking research to evaluate the short- to long-term effects of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable communities in the UK. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to comment on this inquiry and would be pleased to provide any further information, evidence or clarification as required. Please contact Will Thomson (Policy Lead) on will.thomson@sibgroup.org.uk with any questions. 

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