Charity Finance Group: Charities not prepared for no-deal Brexit

Brexit survey reveals widespread uncertainty in the voluntary sector

By Annette McGill

A survey of Charity Finance Group (CFG) members and charity leaders has revealed that 92% have either a partial understanding or no understanding about what a no-deal outcome would mean for their charity.

The survey found that over a third of charities (38%) surveyed have made no preparations at all for a no-deal Brexit.

When asked about their biggest Brexit concerns, respondents highlighted the lack of certainty, citing 'noise' and misinformation. 

Caron Bradshaw, chief executive of CFG said: “It is not surprising, but is worrying, that charities are ill-prepared for a no deal exit -  the level of uncertainty has made organisational planning in this respect incredibly difficult. “

She said: “This level of unprecedented uncertainty, volatility and predicted economic disruption coupled with the non-tariff considerations, from workers’ rights to regulatory complexity, present too great a risk to the UK and thus to civil society.”

In December the CFG analysed the current withdrawal agreement and called on MPs to vote against it in January’s meaningful vote. The CFG said the withdrawal agreement would leave charities with many of the costs of Brexit  but none of the potential benefits.

The membership charity, whose members manage two-thirds of charity income in England and Wales has also said that a no-deal Brexit would be the worst possible outcome for civil society.