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Charities will face new pressures when lockdown lifts, says IVAR report

The “fallout” from the coronavirus crisis will place pressure on charities, according to a report into the impact of the pandemic on the sector.

Getting Ready for the Fallout, which is based on a survey of charity leaders and is published today by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), says that there is “considerable anxiety about the long-term impact of Covid-19” in the sector, including the social consequences of current lockdown measures.

“Lockdown is placing significant strain on vulnerable people, and there is a growing sense that it is ‘storing up trouble’,” the report says, quoting anonymously from survey responses. “Existing mental health problems are being exacerbated, and ‘new problems are being created’.

“Relationships are breaking down. People are unable to grieve properly. And routine and elective healthcare has been postponed.”

The report says that these issues, along with the likelihood of an economic recession after government restrictions are lifted, mean charities are already preparing for additional demand for services, both from families who were vulnerable before the crisis and from what one leader calls “a new wave of people going into financial hardship”.

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