The charity chief executives body Acevo has called for a summit to discuss the estimated £200m a year of European Union funding the sector will lose, and the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has urged charities to play a key role in rebuilding trust in society after the UK voted to leave the EU.
Other reactions from the voluntary sector to the result of yesterday’s referendum, in which 52 per cent of voters chose to leave the EU, included a warning from Paul Palmer, professor of voluntary sector management at Cass Business School, that there would be a “double whammy” of a fall in donations and further government austerity measures.
Martin Sime, chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, said the decision was a “seismic shock to our politics and economy that will have a profound effect”.
He said: “Those who have cried wolf too often about public sector austerity – which has barely scratched the surface of our bloated public sector in Scotland – will shortly discover the costs of this mistaken, damaging and profoundly unwelcome decision.”
Acevo said it was seeking an urgent meeting with leading Brexiteers to establish how they proposed to make good the loss of European funding to the sector, plus key matters of regulation including employees’ rights.