A more strategic approach to voluntary sector funding, 100% mandatory business rate relief and more resources for the Charity Commission are among proposals submitted to the Treasury by us and eight other charity sector representative bodies before next month's Budget.

The letter was addressed to the Chancellor and signed by us, Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising, Association of Charitable Foundations, Voice4Change England, Social Enterprise UK, the Small Charities Coalition, Children England and Locality. It says the future of charities is under threat from funding and demand pressures and increasing political uncertainty, especially from Brexit.

Among the proposals in the letter is a call for a more strategic approach to voluntary sector funding that is "distributed on an impartial basis according to the sector's strategic needs".

The letter also calls for the mandatory charitable non-domestic business rate relief to be increased from 80 per cent to 100 per cent, which the letter says would prevent a situation where businesses pay lower rates than many charities. 

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