These are some emergent trends derived from the available regulatory data and from reports and surveys prepared by others. The full effects won’t be clear until we have a full set of regulatory data at the start of 2022.
- In some sub-sectors – some xxx providers of hospital, hospice and residential care, homelessness charities – the impact for their staff and served communities was literally a matter of life and death. Charities working in emergency relief, homelessness, mental health, local development and social services experienced an increased demand for their services
- In 2020, there were nearly ten pandemic-free weeks at the start of the year, and lockdowns were partially lifted mid-year. In many cases State grants were provided at 2019 levels even where service levels could not be fully maintained. Survey evidence is that 2021 – with full lockdowns only being lifted at the end of Q2 – will potentially be a tougher year
- In some sectors (the arts, culture), charities without the capacity to move to digital ways of working have been unable to operate at all, or only to a very limited degree. They report staff cutbacks and other cost saving measures, but have limited reserves and cannot avoid all fixed costs. Even with the benefit of a 9.1% uplift in State support, some have questioned whether they will be able to re-open after the public health restrictions have been lifted.
- Most sub-sectors have reported some positive effects, including heightened public awareness of the value of their work, better engagement across geographic divides, cost and time savings for example in travel, better quality of life for staff, adopting more diversified fundraising solutions especially digital ones, collaborating cross-sectorally and with State officials, and building contingency planning into their ways of working