CAF response to UKIP election manifesto

25 May 2017

Responding to the UKIP manifesto, the Charities Aid Foundation’s Campaigns Manager Steve Clapperton said:

“UKIP’s manifesto puts forward a number of policy areas where charities and government can work together. From ideas about providing support to veterans to working with the voluntary sector to combat loneliness in older age or providing greater training around mental health, there are many opportunities where charities can make an important contribution to supporting vulnerable people. UKIP’s proposal to exempt foodbanks and charity shops from charges to dispose of waste would free up more charity resources to go to the front line.

“However, UKIP’s plan to slash the international aid budget and abolish the Department for International Development would severely diminish our  support for some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. Not only is our aid spending a sign of the UK’s generosity, but it also boosts Britain’s global influence and ability to promote democratic values.

“UKIP joins every other political party so far in failing to put forward a comprehensive vision for the future of the charity sector. Giving and volunteering are intertwined with community life across the UK, and make our country a much better place. All parties need to acknowledge the contribution that charities make and do more to put charities and the people they support at the heart of this election campaign.”

Further commentary on each of the political parties' manifestos can be found on the new CAF Public Affairs Blog.

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