Few small charities feel their views on Brexit will be heard

A survey of 299 small organisations by the Foundation for Social Improvement finds that 91 per cent are not confident they will be listened to as the process gathers pace

More than nine in ten small charities do not believe their views will be represented by the government during Brexit negotiations, a survey by the Foundation for Social Improvement has found.

The findings come from the FSI’s quarterly Small Charity Index, for which the FSI surveyed small charities between 1 September and 5 October.

Of the 299 charities that responded to the survey, 91 per cent said they were not confident their voices would be heard during the legislative process for Brexit.

The survey also found that 37 per cent of small charity leaders were not at all confident about their future on the day after the vote to leave the EU. But this figure fell to 27 per cent three months after the vote took place, the index says.

When asked to rate their confidence in the future on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the most confident, only 16 per cent rated their confidence at six or higher in the days after the EU vote. Three months later, this figure had increased only to 20 per cent.

Of the respondents to the survey, only 28 per cent said they received any EU funding. Among those that did receive EU funding, it amounted to less than 10 per cent of those charities’ overall funding.

Pauline Broomhead, chief executive of the FSI, said: "It is vitally important that government take the experiences of small charities into account, especially as they are the very organisations that are currently supporting those in society facing the greatest need."

The FSI index also indicates that small charities are under increasing pressure, with 65 per cent of respondents saying demand increased in the three months covered by the survey.

Despite this, 82 per cent of respondents said they were confident of being able to deliver their services over the next year.

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