Sector responds to election result

Charity sector leaders have been busy working out what the unexpected 2017 General Election result means for the sector

Austin Clark | 9th Jun 17

Charity sector leaders have been busy working out what the unexpected 2017 General Election result means for the sector. A number of organisations have also issued statements, following the result.

Charities Aid Foundation Chief Executive John Low said: “This astonishing election result shows how divided our country is on a huge range of issues. What is good is that these tumultuous times have inspired more people to get involved in politics. More people are turning out to vote, and we know from our own research that more people are becoming engaged in campaigns and issues.

“In such uncertain times, politicians and all of us should remember the huge forces that hold us together. Political parties should do what we in charities would do: bring people together and find ways to work together on behalf of the people they represent and everyone in our society.

“It is worth remembering that charities continue to enjoy greater support than any political party. It’s charities that are strong and stable, working for the many not the few. The MPs and ministers reeling from last night’s results should remember that, and listen. Elections might be brutal, but whatever happens to politicians, charities still remain relevant the morning after.”

ACEVO chief executive Vicky Browning said: “Our politicians are facing some very hard decisions. But this election has shown that all groups of society are engaged, want to have a stake in our future and need to be considered.

“Civil society is one of the key ways people engage with creating change. And civil society leaders now have an opportunity to help shape the future of our country. Charities should not shy away from speaking out as a new government forms.

“When this election was called ACEVO asked all parties to commit to public services which consider social as well as economic value, for significant reform of the Lobbying Act and for meaningful engagement with charities as we exit the European Union.

“We stand by these requests. But, at present and above all, we call on all our leaders to remember the value of inclusion.”

From a technology perspective, Julian David, techUK CEO commented: “Decisions that will have to be taken over the next five years will shape the UK for generations to come. The new Parliament must come together to face the significant challenges not only of Brexit, but rapid global digitisation.

“To thrive the UK needs to be at the forefront of countries that are inventing the future, not just by leading in innovation and the use of new technologies, but by enabling the economy to adapt and people to flourish. This will require some big thinking and some bold policy making. It is vital that the UK remains an open and dynamic economy in which tech businesses of all sizes can be the engine of inclusive growth.”