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Charities: Animal Welfare

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment she has made of the effects of the recession on animal welfare charities. (278124)

I have been asked to reply.

The Charity Commission recently published its second economic survey of charities, which showed that just over half of the charities surveyed are feeling the impact of the recession. 58 per cent. of those surveyed have seen their incomes decrease, while 20 per cent. reported an increasing demand for the services that they offer.

DEFRA has not carried out a specific assessment of the effects on animal welfare charities. However, the Government have pledged £42.5 million to help volunteers, charities and social enterprises in the difficult economic climate.