Second round of redundancies mooted at Clic Sargent

The cancer charity said it had to make significant changes to the way it operates in the face of a £9m income shortfall

The cancer charity Clic Sargent faces making about another 39 people redundant to deal with a £9m funding shortfall this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The charity, which employs 424 staff, had to make 38 roles redundant in July because of the effects of the pandemic and today said it needed to make further cutbacks. 

It said it needed to make further changes to the way it operates to protect front-line services and ensure that it will still be able to support the young people, children and families that use its services. 

It said it expected some roles would be changed and some new roles would be created to support new ways of working. 

This process is expected to result in about 39 redundancies, the charity said. 

Combined with the job cuts in July, this equates to a 15 per cent reduction in staffing levels. 

The proposed redundancies, which are subject to a 30-day consultation, are across all directorates in the charity, including fundraising, services and organisational support teams, a spokeswoman said. 

Rachel Kirby-Rider, chief executive of Clic Sargent, said in a statement that the charity was facing “the biggest challenge in its history”. 

She said: “We are looking at a financial shortfall of £9m this year alone. For a charity that needed to raise about £28m this year, this is a devastating blow. It is clear that the fundraising impact of Covid-19 is set to continue, and we cannot afford to think short term.”

“Every single member of staff at Clic Sargent is dedicated to making sure children and young people with cancer and their families get the support they need. 

“Which is why it is very difficult to lose people who have worked so hard and shown such team spirit – especially over the past few challenging months. But the sad reality is that this change cannot be avoided. 

“If we want Clic Sargent to still be here in the future then we will need to change our ways of working, refine our focus on the key support we provide, and put ourselves in the best position to seek out opportunities to grow back stronger than ever.”

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