Charity sector boost to economy

    Royal Tunbridge Wells 2

    Kent’s voluntary sector recorded an income of over £377million, an analysis by County Hall has revealed.

    In an extensive report on the sector, Kent County Council (KCC) identified 3,272 registered charities in Kent – excluding large nationals and multinationals whose main activity is outside the area.

    The report, which is the first of its type to be undertaken by KCC, said the initial findings ‘show a positive picture’ about the contribution the sector makes to the local economy.

    It described the charity sector as a ‘significant employer’, with organisations operating on an income of more than £500,000 utilising the services of 7,025 employees.

    The borough of Tunbridge Wells had the lowest concentration of charities per head, with just one registered per 1,000 people.

    However, they still manage to account for 10 per cent of Kent’s charitable income – the third highest in the county.

    Tonbridge & Malling had a slightly higher concentration per head, at 1.1, while contributing 7.9 per cent towards the total charitable income of the county.