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Frequently Asked Questions


Below is a series of Frequently Asked Questions that we receive via email and on social media.  We have provided answers, but if you can’t see what you are looking for post your question in the below contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

What is the National Emergencies Trust (NET)?

The National Emergencies Trust is an independent charity that will collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money at the time of a domestic disaster.

Why is the NET launching now? What is the need in the UK?

The awful tragedy of Grenfell and the various terrorist attacks in 2017 in London and Manchester caused many in the charitable sector to think about how to respond to such emergencies most effectively. The NET has been created as a result of those discussions.


How does the NET define an emergency?

A national emergency is one where as a result of a major incident (for example terrorist attack, major fire or natural disaster) there  are immediate and unmet needs, when people will want to give money to help those affected and that money raised will make a difference, and that the impact is of national significance, even if the need is local.

How is the NET funded?

NET core operating costs are funded through corporate and individual donations.

Is establishing a new organisation for UK emergencies just complicating the issue? Can we not use the existing infrastructure?

Our aim is to simplify the system for both those who want to donate and those affected by the disaster by being a single point of contact, eliminating complexity.

How does the NET differ from the DEC?

The DEC responds to support other nations who have experienced a significant disaster, the NET will only respond to disasters In England and Wales at this time.

How will the NET work with charities in the UK?

We are a convening, commissioning and coordinating organisation. We will identify charitable organisations throughout the UK who we believe will be most effective at distributing the money we raise through an appeal. These are likely to be community foundations and charities with expertise to respond. Once we have launched an appeal, they will be our distribution partners.

What will happen when the NET launches an appeal? What communication can the public expect, and what communication can partners expect?

There will be an appeal for donations through our media partners. There will also be information available for people affected about how they can apply for help.

Why does it take so long to distribute funds to those in need?

Distribution is a skilled task, working with those who may have experienced bereavement, been physically injured, lost their home or experiencing mental health stresses. Distribution is about balancing clarity of response, helping with some funds speedily and building them as the outcome of an appeal is known so that there is also longer-term support for those affected which reflects what happened to them.

Why doesn’t the UK government or The Charity Commission take responsibility for coordination at times of national emergency?

It is unlikely people would want to donate to either the Government or Charity Commission, and neither have the expertise to distribute money at a very local level. The Commission is the main statutory regulator of charities and fundraising and distribution is not something it can do by law and win any case would not be appropriate.

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