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The Kruger report: the role of charities in the government’s levelling up agenda

Have you read the Kruger report?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new £4bn Levelling Up Fund for local projects in his recent Spending Review 2020.

This follows the publication of a report on the role of charities in the government’s levelling up agenda in September. The Conservative MP Danny Kruger published his report Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant on the role that civil society can play in the Recovery.

The Prime Minister had asked Kruger to consult widely with civil society representatives and ministers to develop proposals that would maximise the role of volunteers and allow non-profits to contribute to the government’s levelling up agenda.

The Kruger report recognises the contribution of charities and volunteers in the support of communities during the COVID-crisis and sets out 20 recommendations for a new social covenant. Kruger’s recommendations to provide funding for the sector during and following the pandemic with a major new Community Recovery Fund and a Levelling Up Communities Fund have been welcomed by charities, but there has not yet been a commitment from government to implement all of the recommendations.

Read the full report and the response from the Prime Minister.