"I'd rather be a do-gooder than a reluctant bystander."
Gary Gordon Manchester anti-gang violence activist
"The chancellor's failure to deal with the irrecoverable VAT problem is a huge setback. He must sort this out if charities are to help the Government improve health and other services."
Shirley Scott director of the Charity Finance Directors' Group
"This Budget is great news for charities. These measures will help make giving a part of everyone's financial planning, and may raise extra millions for good causes."
Amanda Delew director of the Giving Campaign.