A third of staff at Royal Osteoporosis Society will be affected by restructure

About a third of staff at the Royal Osteoporosis Society will be affected by a restructure after the charity predicted a “severe drop” in fundraised income as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Craig Jones, the charity’s chief executive, was unable to confirm how many jobs were likely to be lost, but a statement from the charity said more than 20 roles would be affected.

The ROS employs 65 people and had an income of £4.6m in the year to 31 December 2018, £3.9m of which came from voluntary sources.

But the charity said in a statement that it was “forecasting a severe drop in fundraising income” because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The cancellation of local and national events, compounded by the downturn in the wider economy, has caused the charity to review its staffing levels and reduce costs,” the statement said.

It added that lockdown and continued social distancing meant the charity needed to find new ways to deliver support to beneficiaries.

Jones said: “Charities across the country are facing extraordinary pressure due to the current downturn.

“We’re calling on government to increase support for charities, particularly patient-facing organisations that helped to fill the gap when many NHS services were paused during the acute phase of the crisis.”

He said a small number of jobs would also be created by the restructure.

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