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Sunday, 25 October 2020


Macmillan to make redundancies amid £175m coronavirus losses

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MACMILLAN Cancer Support regrets to announce that it proposes to make 310 redundancies in response to an expected £175m loss in fundraising income by the end of 2022, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The measures, also outlined in a personal blog written and published by the charity’s CEO Lynda Thomas, are designed to protect critical cancer services, such as Macmillan nurses and the Macmillan support phone line, which have been heavily impacted by coronavirus. The charity’s key focus will be helping to get cancer treatment and care back up and running and ensuring cancer does not become the forgotten ‘C’ in this crisis.

Despite considerable efforts to combat the drop in funding through a range of cost-saving measures over the course of the pandemic, Macmillan has been unable to avoid cuts to jobs. Measures implemented have included stopping all non-essential expenditure, furloughing approximately 30% of the workforce, introducing a recruitment freeze, closing a number of our offices and suspending the annual salary review.

These changes will help Macmillan best support the immediate needs of the three million people living with cancer in the UK, who are relying on the charity’s services more than ever.

The charity’s two key priorities will be:

  • Supporting the urgent restoration of access to quality cancer care for everyone.
  • Ensuring people with cancer get financial support to cope with cancer in crisis.

This announcement also falls during the week of the charity’s flagship fundraiser, Coffee Morning, where Macmillan is calling on people to donate whatever they can to help fund its vital support, more urgently than ever before.

Lynda Thomas, CEO of Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“I have been incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of Macmillan employees, professionals, partners, supporters and volunteers across the UK as they have continued to provide in-depth support to 1.9 million people, whilst managing the impact of the crisis on their own lives.

“But the scale and nature of the coronavirus has had a catastrophic impact on our finances that no one could have anticipated, and we are devastated to have to make this tough decision. Our people are at the heart of everything we do and we are absolutely committed to ensuring that this is managed equitably and fairly and that all impacted colleagues are treated with compassion and care.

“Despite the disruption and financial challenges brought on by the pandemic, our top priority is helping everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can.

“Right now, someone is diagnosed every 90 seconds in the UK and we call on both the Government and the general public to help ensure that cancer doesn’t become the forgotten ‘C’ of the pandemic. Adequate funding for charities and public support through donations and volunteering is more vital than ever.”

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