By 2020, nearly half of all UK charities will have to work more than 30 hours a week, according to the UK’s biggest charities body.
The charity Payne, which represents charities in England and Wales, said more than 40 per cent of its members have to make up to two extra hours a day to work, or even less.
The organisation also wants the number of hours it expects to have to spend on administrative tasks to drop from 90 per cent to 90 per half of the total work hours it does.
“As charities, we’re looking for ways to be more efficient and more responsive to our members,” said Donnie Lott, CEO of the UK charities group.
“We want to be able to make donations in the best way possible, and to be accountable for the way we deliver our services.”
The charity said it has to spend an average of £2.50 per hour on administrative work, and that in the past year it has had to increase its staff from around 300 to about 800.
The UK’s most senior charities executive said the number would have to fall further if the government did not make it easier for charities to be paid for administrative work.
“The government should be working to increase transparency and transparency requirements, but we know from the data it has so far that this is not happening,” said Kate Allen, CEO at the National Charity Commission.
“It’s very disappointing that the government is not taking this more seriously.”
There are about 5.4 million registered charities in the UK, of which around 2.3 million work administrative work on behalf of their members.
The majority of those, or almost two-thirds, work for non-profit organisations.
More than half of charities in Britain work on a “voluntary basis” or for a voluntary sector organisation, which means they are managed by an independent organisation that is not a charity.
The number of voluntary sector organisations in the country increased by 6.6 per cent in the year to June 2020 from the year before.
The government’s voluntary sector review, which was announced in March, aims to tackle the high costs of unpaid work and to improve the sustainability of charities.
In the same period, the number, size and pay of charities has increased by around 50 per cent.
In 2020, charities paid for an average 15.4 hours of administrative work per member, up from 12.6 hours in the previous year.
The largest increase in administrative work was seen in the areas of administration, finance, human resources and social care, where the average pay increased by 4.4 per cent, and the average hours worked increased by 2.6.
Other areas of the government’s review include the care of disabled people, elderly care, child welfare and support for the unemployed.
“These are areas where the UK needs to take urgent action,” said Allen.
“If we want to help the disabled and the elderly, we need to be investing in them and in the social care systems.”
The government has set out a number of measures to help charities make the transition to the future.
It has set up a new government-backed group, the Independent Charity Commission, to ensure that all charities are assessed for compliance with the law, including whether they have been making voluntary contributions to the charity budget.
The commission is also set up to set up an independent regulator to ensure charities are being paid properly.
The Government has also set out plans to tackle funding shortfalls.
The Charity Commission is already working with the charities sector to set out how to ensure they are paid properly and are working to create a statutory regulator to deal with this.
But the Government’s aim is to have a system that will help charities keep up with the pressures of the modern world, said Allen, adding that charities needed to be part of the solution.
“There are more and more charities in this country than ever before,” she said.
“I don’t think the Government is listening to us.”
In the past few years, the Government has announced a raft of measures including the creation of a government-led charity tax review, a new £10 million fund to help organisations to raise the £10 billion needed to help charity groups get back on their feet, and an increase in the maximum amount charities can receive from the Department for International Development.