Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo – which represents 2,000 charity leaders in Britain – said a levy was needed to prevent thousands of organisations from closing or scaling down operations.
\”If some local councils continue with this Neanderthal approach to cuts, we will be setting a time bomb of social need, which first the most vulnerable in society and then ultimately taxpayers will pay for.\”
In an interview with The Times newspaper, he suggested the billions of pounds raised could be channelled straight into the Big Society Bank set up by the coalition to encourage social enterprise.
Sir Stephen said: \”The £500 million in cash reductions we\’ve seen so far in the voluntary sector are merely the first signs of a gathering tsunami of ill-considered cuts which threatens to decimate the third sector, wreaking havoc on our communities.
Charities would then be able to bid for the funds to help to fill the gap left by the estimated £1 billion being shaved off local government grants, Sir Stephen argued.
Yup, let\’s tax the bankers so as to give the money to the charity sector. So says the man running what is effectively the trade union for CEOs of charities.
There are other ways of increasing the amount that can be spent on charities, of course. Like, for example, instead of giving £1.2 million a year of tax money to the union for CEOs of charities, that tax money already raised might be given to charities which actually do thing.
Or AVECO might stop charging those CEOs near a million a year for being members of AVECO and turning up at nice conferences where they can witter as if management consultants to charities.
In fact, we might even consider whether we quite require someone to be paid £100,000 a year (incl. pensions contributions) to run the trade union for charity CEOs.
I agree that these sums are small given the £11 billion raised and spent by this \”third sector\” but every little helps, no?