Charities across the UK say they’ve witnessed a rise in donations and offers of help after the Tories secured a large and unexpected majority in the general election, with many concerned invidividuals worried that the poorest and most vulnerable people in society will once again be targeted for cuts and cruel policy decisions.
The Conservative manifesto included a pledge to end the benefits freeze in 2020, but most of the welfare cuts and changes introduced since 2010 will remain in place, including the cruel two-child limit and benefit cap.
The Tories have also promised to press ahead with the roll-out of Universal Credit, despite charities like the Trussell Trust blaming the new benefits system for record demand on food banks.
Charities have also blamed Universal Credit and other welfare changes for rising child poverty and homelessness, with a recent report from the housing charity Shelter revealing that a child becomes homeless in Britain every eight minutes.
Shelter, Refuge, the Trussell Trust and the Biscuit Fund, all said they noticed a surge in donations and a spike in the number if people registering as ‘supporters’ within hours of the Tory election win.
Refuge, a domestic abuse charity, reported a 52% rise in donations. The Biscuit Fund, who support low-income households in dire need of help, also reported a sudden spike in donations.
The Trussell Trust, who handed out a record 1.6 million food parcels between April 2018 and March 2019, said the charity had been “overwhelmed” by donations and offers of food after the general election outcome.
Emma Revie, the chief executive of the Trussell Trust, said: “We’re overwhelmed by the wave of support we’ve seen. Thank you so much to everyone who has been donating – we’re incredibly grateful.
“We know we can reach a future where no one needs a food bank, but we can’t do it alone. We must work together – this can change.”
Sandra Horley CBE, the chief executive of Refuge, said: “Now that the general election is behind us, we implore the incoming Conservative government to work on addressing violence against women and girls.
“The government needs to make this a priority and commit funds and resources to doing so. Survivors have waited too long already.
“The domestic abuse bill, which was lost due to the snap election, needs to be quickly reinstated and strengthened to be a truly transformative piece of legislation.
“We need an immediate commitment to new funds for refuges, which face closure up and down the country.
“No woman or child should be turned away when they seek help, survivors need to know that help and support is there for them.”