The chief executives body Acevo has written to two of the most prominent politicians involved in the Brexit campaign asking them for assurances that the sector won't be adversely affected if the public votes to leave the European Union.
In a letter to the Justice Secretary Michael Gove and the former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, Asheem Singh, interim chief executive of Acevo, says that the Brexit campaigners – and the official campaign group Vote Leave in particular – should guarantee they would replace the loss of £200m a year to the UK economy which, he says, leaving the EU would entail.
The letter also calls for Vote Leave to hold an immediate emergency summit with the umbrella body’s members to discuss potential changes to regulation as a result of a vote to leave. These matters could include child welfare, environmental protection and employee rights, the letter says.
Acevo has not expressed a view on whether the UK should remain or leave the union, but Singh said in April that it was right that the Charity Commission allowed charities to play a role in what he said was the "most important policy question of our generation".
Singh, who took over the leadership of Acevo from Sir Stephen Bubb this week, said today in a statement: "No matter how much one may sympathise with the romance of a Brexit position, the risk to our communities is considerable. Whatever our political views we must be pragmatic and consider the very real potential for upheaval on the ground.
"For Brexit to be a truly sustainable position, Vote Leave must make the promises sought by Acevo to redress these gaps and I urge them to do so immediately."