This morning, Lord Victor Adebowale and I had a telephone meeting to discuss an emergency package of support for social enterprises with the Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran.

I appreciate all the work that DCMS and the Minister are doing at this time, but I was disappointed by the continued lack of commitment from the government to help the UK’s 100,000 social enterprises.

Social enterprises feel abandoned by this government at present. Huge amounts of funding have been given to retailers, restaurants and other parts of our economy without any consideration to its impact. Yet we are being asked to “prove” our need three weeks on from the start of this crisis.

We need urgent action to help social enterprises which are critical not only to the UK’s response to COVID-19 but also our recovery from this. We will never level up this country, if we lose thousands of social enterprises working in those areas that have been underinvested and left behind for years. SEUK will continue to lobby hard for the emergency support that our sector needs and will be engaging with members on how we can elevate this issue in national media, social media and in Parliament. We are working with sector partners to develop a formal package for the sector which the government can adopt quickly to help those in most need. This is something that we will be sharing over the coming days