We get 16m a year from our charities

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CHARITIES across Calderdale are helping to bring £16 million a year in disposable income into our region, a report has found.

A report by the University of Salford has calculated the economic impact of seven local charities.

Charity bosses say by ensuring their clients are getting the maximum amount of funding they can, the amount of disposable income they have – and spend – in Calderdale is also increased.

In total, the seven charities cost £4,218,883 to run. The disposable income their work generated in 2009/10 was almost £16m.

The charities which generate the most are Calderdale Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Calderdale Benefits Assessment Unit.

The Benefits Assessment Unit has costs of almost £3m but generates more than double that. Citizen’s Advice has costs of £787,770 but increases income by £7,000,881.

By making sure people are getting the amount of money they are entitled to, clients’ disposable income is also increased.

Chief Executive of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau Rory Deighton said: “It has an individual impact for these people, but it has a wider impact too. If you don’t, as a community, ensure people get everything that they’re entitled to, the individual loses out and the community loses out.

“This money is spent in small shops and small businesses in Calderdale,” he said.

Calderdale DART has costs of £78,884 but their clients get an increased income of £780,809, mainly through helping their clients access Disability Living Allowance. Increased access to benefits by Pennine Housing clients generates £882,000. The Mental Health Team has costs of less than £30,000 but generates £882,000 through casework and benefits.

Age Concern has costs of £70,000 but generates £626,114.

Other charities included in the study were Calderdale Benefits Assessment Unit, which has 9,838 beneficiaries, which costs £2,979,652 but increases income of £6,233,140.

Calderdale Credit Union has total costs of £171,212 and income of £176,964. Calderdale DART has costs of £78,884 and income of £780,809, with social housing provider Pennine Housing 2000 costing £101,918 and increasing income of £882,000. The Mental Health team has costs of £29,447 and increases local income by £882,000.

It is the first time they have had their value quantified in such a way. The study estimates the overall impact on Calderdale is £13,463,363.