About this event
In early 2017 we asked charities what Brexit would mean for them as part of our State of the Sector research.
- 63 per cent of charities told us that Brexit would have no effect on demand for services.
- 65 per cent said that they expected Brexit to have no impact on their ability attract, recruit and retain qualified staff.
- And only 36 per would have a negative impact on the cohesion within communities they work in.
We were shocked by these figures at the time—do they still hold true across the sector? With the clock ticking, and the shape of a deal—or no deal—almost upon us, the next NPC topical debate, kindly hosted by Deloitte Not for Profit, will ask ‘is the social sector ready for Brexit?’ Speakers include:
- Professor Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Kings College London
- Swee Leng Harris, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Legal Education Foundation
- Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association (ERSA)
- David McCullough, Chief Executive, Abbeyfield
As arguments rage about the supposed relative economic benefits of ‘no deal’, the Prime Minister’s ‘Chequer’s Deal’ and/or the prospect of a second vote; as ONS figures suggest a unprecedented ‘Brexodus’ of EU workers leaving the UK; and as the Mayor of Greater Manchester predicts rioting at the prospect of a second referendum, this debate will bring together senior figures from across the social sector to gauge whether charities are prepared for Brexit?
- What is the sector doing to ensure that it has the right staff post-Brexit?
- What causes, client groups and users do we think might be particularly affected by Brexit—and what can we do to offset the problems affected groups might face?
- How serious a threat is Brexit to community cohesion—and how might the sector come together to bridge any social division?
- Will the repatriation of legislation be a help or a hindrance to charities seeking to influence public policy and meaningful social change?
- And how are we going to adapt to a new, post-Brexit funding environment? It looks as if November 2018 will be the crunch month in the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the EU, with speculation that an emergency EU summit might take place if a withdrawal agreement is not reached in October.
We're exploring bold and imaginative responses in times of change to help the charity sector adapt and thrive.
Despite the ferocity and divisiveness of the debates elsewhere, the charity sector has been strangely passive on the topic of Brexit, argues Rob Abercrombie. Granted, there’s limited space to think about newer issues when times are already tough. But if the voluntary sector is only focused on the financial implications of Brexit, they'll miss both threats and opportunities related to their wider missions. Here he outlines three areas that need more attention.
Charities are not insulated from the uncertainty of Brexit. It has created upheaval in our markets and our politics, and these will ripple in the direction of the voluntary sector.