More than 100 charities supporting current and former armed personnel will benefit from £6 million in extra funding amid the coronavirus pandemic, it has been announced.
The new funding forms part of a package of support passed down by the Government to ensure that charities can continue to provide vital services throughout the crisis.
According to the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA), around 100 military charities will benefit from nearly £6million of extra funding to “support serving personnel, veterans and their families during the coronavirus pandemic”.
This includes charities providing essential employment, mental health and wellbeing, physical health, and recovery and support for service families.
The announcement follows news that a consultation will be launched next month on “employers paying no National Insurance contributions on the salary of any veteran they take on during their first year of civilian employment”.
Commenting on the new funding, General Sir John McColl, Chairman of the Confederation of Service Charities, said: “This emergency funding is a very welcome step towards sustaining life-saving support for those in need across the Armed Forces Community.
“The Service Charity Sector has once again demonstrated great imagination and determination in adapting its delivery methods during this crisis, and we look forward to continuing to work with the MOD and the OVA to sustain these vital services in the coming months as the true impact of the pandemic is fully felt by charities throughout the Sector.”
The new fund adds to a comprehensive package of support provided to help charities affected by Covid-19.
This includes hundreds of millions of pounds of financial support in the form of grants and loans, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) helping organisations by paying the salaries of furloughed staff, the deferral of key compliance deadlines such as accounts and AGMs, and the temporary suspension of debt enforcement action and winding up orders.
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