Charity leaders lobby MPs for 'targeted financial support'

01 Sep 2022 News

Sector leaders have written to cross-party MPs, urging the government to support frontline charities and voluntary organisations.

An open letter published this morning and signed by almost 50 sector bodies calls on the government to work with charities on combatting the cost of living crisis.

It reads: “Just as in the pandemic, this crisis will affect all of us to some degree, but it will hit hardest those who are already most disadvantaged.”

The letter will be sent to all MPs when parliament resumes on Monday, and calls on the government to ensure that charities, voluntary and community organisations are included in any plans to provide support to businesses.

It highlights that charities are facing the same increases in fuel, energy, and salary costs as any business, while their income drops as donors have to cancel direct debits and reduce their offers of goods. 

The letter says: “Many organisations are selling essential community facilities because they cannot afford to keep buildings open or are expecting to close badly needed services altogether”.

“Across the board charity and voluntary sector leaders are deeply worried about the level of need they are seeing in communities and their ability to keep providing essential support to respond to this crisis,” it notes.

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