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MPs seek evidence of how well government Covid funds for charities were spent 

09 Feb 2021 News

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The Public Accounts Committee will question officials and the Charity Commission about how effective emergency support for charities has been. 

Sixteen MPs from all the main parties sit on the committee, which is chaired by Meg Hillier, Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch. The committee’s purpose is to scrutinise public spending. 

It has issued a call for evidence: “On 20 May, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Office for Civil Society announced that they were working across government to direct funds to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations supporting government’s coronavirus response through activities delivering charitable purposes. DCMS stressed the urgency to distribute funds quickly and prioritise those charities most in need.

“The committee will question senior officials at DCMS and the Charity Commission on how well the funding has been distributed and whether it is achieving its objectives.”

Since the £750m package was announced charities have repeatedly said funds have been distributed too slowly.

The deadline to submit evidence is 6pm on 8 March. 

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