So, now we know why the third sector is so Remoaner then

Across the charity sector, trustees, volunteers and staff are increasingly worried about the looming impact of Brexit.

UK charities risk losing at least £258m in EU funds because of Brexit, including the loss of EU funding streams such as European Structural Fund (ESF), which, together with the European Regional Development Fund, makes up the bulk of the EU structural and investment funds programme, which by 2020 will have invested some €11.8bn in the UK since 2014.

The loss of £258m would be alarming in itself, but the full amount is likely to be far higher. Funds are often distributed by intermediary agencies in the UK, making comprehensive data difficult to analyse, but even this baseline number would equate to the loss of about 10% of all annual foundation grants, or half of what the Big Lottery Fund distributes each year.

Piper, tune etc.

This is all rather out of the totalitarian handbook. A very lite version of course but still. One of Anne Applebaum’s recent books runs through how the socialists (ie, Soviets) took over Eastern Europe. The entirety of civil society was absorbed into the Borg. Everything must be, and was, state directed. The Scouts, chess clubs, women’s charity organisations, all became state directed, state run. Those who tried to maintain independence from said state structures were persecuted.

Sure, the EU’s been doing it by doling out the cash but it’s the same basic idea. If all the bits and pieces of civil society are assimilated into the Borg then there’s no independent civil society any more, is there? Job done.

37 thoughts on “So, now we know why the third sector is so Remoaner then”

  1. “Funds are often distributed by intermediary agencies in the UK, making comprehensive data difficult to analyse”

    I’ll bet they are!

  2. Its our fucking money anyway.

    And are these charities “worried”.?

    Remainiac scum on their Boards or whatever may see danger to the cash flow and a chance to suck EU dick in one sound bite perhaps. And the Project Fear media liars (Uni-marxtrained TM) will peddle the crap but that doesn’t mean that any of their posturing has anything to do with reality.

  3. With a chunk of cash taken from each intermediately by the top ‘management’ to spunk on their friends in Islington. Little seen by the needy at the bottom. Another example of living of the state’s tit.

  4. This is excellent news. Charities that are strapped for cash for want of donors should put up the shutters.

  5. Mr Ecks, have you tried using English? You’d put your point (whatever it is) across better.

    10% of all foundation grants? Now that would be surprising. I’d have said closer to 1% but has been 4 years since I worked with those grants.
    Regional government grants now, those could include EU money but the bulk of EU funding was done through applying direct.
    UK government grants were bad enough to apply for and prove spending with, EU grants were tougher and a lot more (measured in inches) paperwork.
    Still, UK charities can always apply to the leave campaign who promised so much…..

  6. Even without the cash the side they choose would be obvious, simply from ideology and class. The money is a nice touch though, it taints them when they try and dress in the stolen robes of principle and ethics.

  7. I guess the charities see the voting public’s sympathies as right of centre rather then left. As a consequence they assume we have more of a reluctance to flash the cash than our social democratic cousins on the continent. It’s our money after all, and we may choose to spend it another way.

  8. Shouldn’t be any need for charities in the Thatcherite Utopia.Destroying the old demand management economy where people’s incomes were kept in line with price levels has freed everybody to enjoy the unalloyed bliss of free markets.You’re stuck in Middlesborough and cant afford to move where there’s work in Cambridge? Fuck off Commie! (Just because we admit that the housing market’s broken doesn’t mean to say that other markets don’t work!)

  9. Anyone the Leave campaign had to make “promises” to in order to get support for the country AND the cause of freedom is an arsehole.

    Is that you Martin? Were you looking for the biggest promises to fill your pocket with stolen goodies before you decided between freedom and tyranny?

    I’ll try “English” when you stop being for sale.

  10. To summarise the article/situation. Currently £258m flows from UK taxpayers to EU. Then EU institutions distribute to UK charities. Naturally the allocation decisions reflect EU goals and ambitions. Post Brexit the Government will now have the option of leaving £258m in the taxpayers pocket or redistribute it to the public sector to reflect British goals and ambitions. Consequently UK charities currently receiving EU funding are gearing up their UK media and lobbying operations to put the squeeze on a weakish Theresa May to ensure that doesn’t happen.

  11. And is this the Thatcherite Utopia Reedy?

    The shithole we find ourselves in is run by INGSOC–be it ZaNu or BluLab. Free markets have little to do with most of the shit that goes on. Mainly because its hard to find a market that your fucking govt pals aren’t meddling in if not outright controlling.

    Fatch talked up free markets and did a very little in that direction . But your state buddies have horned in everywhere even since your precious 1950s . Indeed we still ARE living in your shitty mixed economy and the mess we see is the result.

    And the 10 millionth fucking time the housing market is being fucked by socialism and your dear friends the state. That is what your “broken” phrase actually means.

    You do have three words of shining sanity in your liquid-laugh style comment.

    Fuck Off Commie.

    A rare moment of lucidity for you.

  12. The NHS crisis is real – DNR is still loose. Should we organise a fundraiser or set up a charity to keep him safe for the little time he has left? Dig deep, brothers.

  13. Would have thought there’d be every need for charities in a Thatcherite Utopia, DBC. Since she emphasised the duty of individuals to accept responsibility, not only for their own welfare, but a duty of care for those less fortunate. Charities being one of the vehicles for doing so.
    Note the emphasis on personal responsibility. Not palming it off to the State & leaving it to someone else.

  14. @BiS

    Yep, personal responsibility is dead. It’s always someone else’s fault.

    Want a home birth? Advised not to by mid-wife. Decide it’s against your ‘rights’ so do it anyway. Something goes wrong –
    sue the NHS. Or put another way, every tax payer in the UK.

    Being a prick so that Plod has to arrest you – get a knock on the noggin – sue the police. Break into someone’s car so they take a hammer to you – sue the car owner.

  15. @DBC Reed
    Did Thatcher ever say that she disliked Charities?
    To be honest I was not a great fan like Blair she seemed to think house price inflation is a good thing (she was not as successful as him at making it happen).

  16. @ DBC Reed
    Utopia is utterly unThathcherite with its boring uniformity and lack of choice.
    I don’t recall incomes being kept in line with price levels under Wilson and Callaghan – NUM wages rose 80-odd% in 15 months and MPs salaries rose faster than inflation but for those of us in less favoured occupations incomes fell relative to inflation.

  17. On a minor point, ESF stands for European Social Fund, not European Structural Fund, as Mynheer Ferrell-Schweppenstedde ought to know.

  18. Shouldn’t be any need for charities in the Thatcherite Utopia.

    She’s dead, you fool. And we’ve had 20 years of “other than Thatcher” in charge (more or less incompetently) of the country.

    And remember, the whole point of “Utopia” was it was a satire against idiots who thought such was achievable.

    And we will always need charity – the infinite variety of ways humans can screw up their lives means that there will always be a demand. Whether we need multi-million pound per year organisations to administer such is more questionable.

  19. Other people worried about the effect of Brexit on the charity sector are those businesses which benefit from the largesse of charitable grants for their research work.

    Winters in 2018 and on could be cold for the resident of a certain unimpressive end-terrace in Ely

  20. She’s dead, you fool

    Are you sure? I read only today in one of our leading journals of record that she’d risen to personally strangle a Welsh alkie in his own home.

  21. She’s dead, you fool

    But Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru is bravely kicking shit out of the corpse. So much easier than doing any actual Welsh nationalism.

  22. Apologies for the length, but here is an edited version of Mr Ferrel-Schweppenstedde from LinkedIn. Truly terrifying.

    Strong analytical and communication skills covering the philanthropic and charity sector in the UK and globally, with an established track record in policy evaluation and strategic outreach. Main interest in how grant-making and operational foundations contribute to solving national and global challenges through supporting charities to better serve their beneficiaries. Extensive experience in managing large research projects at the national, EU and international level. An enthusiastic learner and team worker with experience working in Cambodia, Germany and the UK, fluent in German and English.

    Areas of Interest: Philanthropy, Public Management, Evaluation
    Hertie School of Governance
    Public Policy
    2008 – 2011
    Activities and Societies: Organisation of events with external professionals for student body, among others with German ex-Minister Kristina Schröder

    Georgetown University
    Exchange semester
    Public Policy
    Modules included: State development in Southeast Asia, International development, Lobbying & advocacy

    Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences
    Master of European Public Management (part-time, not completed)
    Public Administration
    2007 – 2008
    Modules included: European law, European institutions, Public management

    Universiteit Twente
    BSc in Public Administration
    European Studies
    2006 – 2007
    Activities and Societies: Member of the European Law Student’s Association Member of Union of European Federalists
    Modules included: Public law, European studies, Statistics, Research methodology

    Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    BA in Public Administration
    Political Science and Government
    2004 – 2007
    Activities and Societies: Member of the European Law Student’s Association Member of Union of European Federalists
    Modules included: Public law, European studies, Statistics, Research methodology


    Policy and Public Affairs Manager
    Directory of Social Change
    Jun 2017 – Present
    London, United Kingdom
    Helping to make tens of thousands of charities stronger !

    RAND Europe
    Feb 2012 – May 2017
    Cambridge, Großbritannien
    •Project management lead for large-scale research projects for EU institutions, UK government and international foundations (up to £300k+ with a total annual budget value of £600k); developing close relationships with clients and external stakeholders.
    •Business development and proposal writing including budget and work schedule planning.
    •Leading on external engagement with a variety of clients and collaborators on national and EU level including outreach campaigns, social media, blog posts and other.
    •Presenting and disseminating work to a range of clients and expert groups and producing written reports for publication.

    Junior Researcher
    Stiftung Mercator GmbH
    Mar 2011 – Jan 2012
    Stiftung Mercator is one of the largest independent private foundations in Germany, working on issues of European integration, education, migration and nation integration, energy and climate change mitigation

    Junior Researcher
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
    Mar 2010 – Aug 2010
    Phnom Penh
    GIZ is a federal enterprise that assists the German government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation through project implementation
    Project manager and researcher in the Decentralization and Public Administration Reform Project at the Council of Ministers.
    •Consulting on issues of public administrative reform for high-ranking government officials; lead on publishing the first compendium of Cambodian administrative law.
    •Lead on organising international conference on public administrative reform in Southeast Asia in collaboration with the OECD Korea Policy Centre.

    Research Assistant
    stiftung neue verantwortung
    Jan 2009 – Aug 2009
    The stiftung neue verantwortung (snv) is a leading Berlin-based non-profit think tank that brings together high-ranking experts across sectors in working groups in order to foster the development and publication of non-partisan policy proposals to address current political debates

    Civil Servant
    Stadt Köln / City of Cologne
    Oct 2007 – Sep 2008
    •Working in the Office of International Affairs as part of the Mayor’s office; project management of EU-funded projects and drafting of speeches for the Mayor’s office for official events in Cologne and abroad.
    •Research on the role and functions of departments within the wider city administration informing internal debates on local administrative reform.

    Project Assistant
    Fundacja “Krzyżowa” dla Porozumienia Europejskiego
    Nov 2002 – Oct 2003
    The Krzyzowa Foundation is a politically independent, non-profit organisation based in Poland.

    Volunteer Experience
    Union of European Federalists (UEF)
    Nov 2005 – Feb 2007

    European Law Students’ Association
    Organised international student exchanges among others with the ELSA chapters in Poznan and Lecce

  23. Andrew K

    Fascinating! I struggled to get to the end, but was there a single example in there of him having “added any useful value”? At all?

  24. Mr Ecks – no, I made my decision several years ago. The vote didn’t change anything.
    I followed the money for the projects, if the money doesn’t suit the project wasn’t changed. Instead different money was found.

  25. SE – some people believe Thatcher had a lot more power than she did, affecting things after she left office and that no MP or PM since has been able to do anything.
    The British version of the USA’s conspiracy nuts.

  26. It’s not just the EU. I do some voluntary work as a member of various clubs and societies, they are all in part or whole, one way or another, supplicants for state funding. And so they are all sucked in to boosting apparent membership, showing how diverse and inclusive they are… how many boxes to tick.

  27. The Meissen Bison,

    > DNR is still loose. Should we organise a fundraiser or set up a charity to keep him safe…?

    No need. Through the wonders of technology, Tim’s blog provides him with therapy to vent his anger at the world without consuming a penny of NHS resources. Truly a win-win situation.

  28. @ djc
    Not all clubs and societies are supplicant for state funding – although very few would turn it down if offerred. I have competed in the same race as (“competed against” would be too self-flattering as was lapped at least once by each of them) by half-a-dozen guys who self-funded their competing in the Olympics and/or World Championships and/or Commonwealth Games.
    Most sports clubs are diverse in respect of race and class but disability is a problem – I can remember (from a long time ago) a young guy who wanted to join a boxing club: he was pretty fit and seemed to have some natural ability but after two or three weeks admitted that he was an epileptic and the trainer told him that he could exercise and punch bags but he was *not* allowed in the ring so he left.

  29. DocBud:

    Years ago, a newspaper, the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, ran an experiment on beer tastes, choosing as its panel of judges a dozen or so customers of the famous Hofbrauhaus in Munich, chosen by management of the beer-garden. The
    overwhelming favorite of such expert clientele (taxi-drivers, as I remember) turned out to be Carling Black Label, most of the judges identifying it as their regular Hofbrauhaus potion.

    Not all that long ago (10 years, maybe), a UK study of age/drinking habits indicated that the longest-living were those consuming (in alcohol content) about 7 beers a day (!!) and that, to attain mortality figures of the totally abstinent, one would have to consume an average of about twice that!

  30. Bloke in Costa Rica

    The Nazis called it Gleichschaltung: the absorption of civil society by the organs of the State. There’s really very little in Nazi policy that wouldn’t get an enthusiastic huzzah from most left wingers these days. Corbyn and his mob of Rentatrots even seem to be on board with the Jew-bashing.

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