Charity Finance Group poll finds sector 'ill prepared' for no-deal Brexit

More than a third of respondents said they had made no preparations for such an eventuality, and more than two-thirds had done only 'a little'

Charities are "ill prepared" for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, the Charity Finance Group has warned.

A snapshot poll carried out by the membership body found that more than a third of respondents said their charities had made no preparations for possibility of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal.

The CFG’s survey, which was carried out over the past week and garnered 52 responses, found that 38 per cent of them said they had made no preparations at all for a no-deal Brexit, and 44 per cent said they had done "a little" preparation.

Fourteen per cent of respondents said they had made "moderate" preparations and 4 per cent said they had made "a lot".

Asked what leaving the EU without a deal would mean for their charities, only 8 per cent said they were "fully aware" of the implications.

Three-quarters said they had "some idea" of what it would mean, with 17 per cent saying they were not aware of what it would mean.

The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March, but MPs yesterday sent Theresa May, the Prime Minister, back to Brussels to try to reopen negotiations on the terms of the withdrawal agreement, which was agreed with the 27 other member states last year.

The CFG said that when asked what their biggest concern about a no-deal Brexit was, most respondents said the lack of certainty.

Caron Bradshaw, chief executive of the 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.

"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.

"So we call on all parties to prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and do everything within their power to prevent a no-deal Brexit."

The CFG warned last year that a no-deal Brexit posed an "unacceptable risk" to the voluntary sector and its beneficiaries.

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