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Leading health and care charities urge First Minister to help safeguard future of the sector

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 19th June 2020
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Over 30 organisations have signed a joint letter to the Scottish Government to highlight the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A coalition of over 30 health and social care organisations operating in Scotland has called for the Scottish Government to take action to mitigate the “stark” financial impact of COVID-19.

In a letter sent to the First Minister on the 19th June, the third sector organisations highlight that lost fundraising income as a result of the pandemic is challenging the sector’s ability to support people, and will in some cases pose a threat to organisations’ very survival.

The signatories call on the Scottish Government to establish a ‘Third Sector Recovery and Renewal Fund’ for national third sector health and care organisations, to invest in progressing a sustainable model of integrated care for the future.

The move comes as one in five respondents to a recent survey by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) report a critical threat to their financial viability in the next 12 months.

Commenting on the intervention, Professor Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive of the ALLIANCE said:

“For many of our member organisations the early summer months would normally see the height of their fundraising activity, but the cancellation of events and the closure of charity shops and other venues in response to COVID-19 has disrupted that massively.

Cruelly, this financial impact is being felt at the very time that many organisations face unprecedented demand for their services, as disabled people, people living with long term conditions and unpaid carers seek much needed information and support.

The sector has again demonstrated its ability to respond to challenging circumstances in an agile and flexible way. But as welcome and essential sources of emergency funding and the furlough scheme draw to a close, more support is needed to ensure that national third sector health and social care organisations are sustainable as key recovery partners through COVID-19 and into the post-pandemic period.”

The full list of organisational signatories to the letter, coordinated by the ALLIANCE, is as follows;

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland

Age Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland

Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership

Cancer Support Scotland

Carers Scotland

Carers Trust Scotland

CHAS

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)

Crohn’s and Colitis UK

deafscotland

Deafblind Scotland

Diabetes Scotland

Down’s Syndrome Scotland

Epilepsy Connections

Food Train

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Hearing Link

HIV Scotland

Macmillan Cancer Support

Marie Curie

Mental Health Foundation Scotland

MND Scotland

Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland

National Autistic Society Scotland

Penumbra

RNIB Scotland

Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD)

Scottish Huntington’s Association

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA)

Stroke Association Scotland

Versus Arthritis

Waverley Care

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