Charity Retail Association calls for help in 2021 Budget

The Charity Retail Association has written to the Chancellor asking him to introduce new measures to safeguard charity retailers, the wider charity sector and the high street.

A charity shop.

Charity shops provide crucial income for voluntary organisations and are often an important part of UK high streets (Photo: Chris via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

By Annette McGill

The Charity Retail Association (CRA) has written to the Chancellor asking him to introduce new measures to safeguard the future of charity retailers, the wider charity sector and the high street.

The CRA says existing measures are not enough to see charity shops through a third coronavirus lockdown.

The budget takes place on 3 March 2021. It will include measures to tackle the economic impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

The association is calling for: 

  • A temporary boost to the value of Gift Aid
  • An extension of the business rates holiday for the retail sector
  • The reinstatement of the Job Retention Scheme Bonus of £1,000 per furloughed employee who remains employed at the end of the scheme
  • A “Shop Out to Help Out” scheme which could see people given vouchers to spend in shops along the lines of the recent announcement made by the Northern Ireland Executive
  • A renewed package of financial support for the charity sector as advocated by the Never More Needed campaign (2)
  • Ensuring that new subsidy control rules don’t prevent larger charity retailers from accessing essential retail business grants

 

Charity shops generate an estimated £28 million per week for charitable causes. With shops closed, many charities have seen dramatic falls in income.