Breast Cancer Haven furloughs 70% of staff

Breast Cancer Haven has furloughed over 70% of its staff as a result of the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The national charity announced plans to reduce staff costs as it reported a potential loss of £900,000 in income over the next three months due to the pandemic.

The remaining staff, including the senior leadership team, have agreed to take a voluntary pay cut of 20%.

CEO Sally Hall said these measures will allow the charity to 'continue to underpin NHS services'.

“These decisions were not taken lightly and I’d like to thank our staff for the incredible dedication they have shown during this time," she said.

“The most important thing for all of us at Breast Cancer Haven is that we can continue to support people going through the hardest time of their lives. No matter what, we have to make sure we are still here for the people that need us.

“Despite everything we have done, it might not be enough. Where will those that need us go then?”

“I am relieved that the government has chosen to support the charity sector with a pledge of £750m. What will be crucial is the speed of which that cash finds its way to charities. Many charities, like ours, have problems with immediate cash-flow. We simply cannot afford to wait months for these funds to be allocated.”

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