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.