The 10 Birmingham MPs have urged the Chancellor to introduce an urgent package of support to ensure that charities can survive the Coronavirus outbreak.
In a joint-letter sent today, they outline a stark choice that charities currently face, between closing down and furloughing workers, or continuing to support the community which could risk their long-term future.
Jack Dromey MP said:
“At a time where we need them most, Birmingham’s charities are ‘on the edge’ as a lack of funding threatens their very existence. The City’s charities are struggling with charity shops closed, falling donations as the public isolates and a lack of income from events. They are now faced with a stark choice between closing and ceasing delivery or continuing to meet community needs with severely limited resources.
“That’s why I’ve coordinated a joint cross-party letter from the City’s MPs calling on the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to provide urgent financial support. However welcome, warm words will not save voluntary organisations and protect the vital work they do to support our local communities, urgent action must be taken immediately.”
You can read the letter in full below: