Charities need support - RedbridgeCVS signs letter to the Prime Minister

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Friday, 20 March, 2020

Charities and community groups are playing a key role in the coronavirus epidemic. We are in touch with excluded communities, and will be crucial in linking up thousands of volunteers with people who need their services.

However, while a multi-billion pound support package for business has been announced, no government support for charities is being provided so far.

There is some good news about funding. Funders including Redbridge Council have said that they will be flexible in this unprecedented situation. New funding is available from the National Emergencies Trust and Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert.

But this isn't on anything like the scale we need. Earlier this week Rita Chadha - former head of RAMFEL and now Chief Exec of the Small Charities Coalition - reported that many organisations were struggling to cope and as many as one in three small charities could close.

That's why we've joined over 700 other organisations and signed the Small Charities Coalition's letter to the Prime Minister, calling on him to support charities and nonprofit groups in the same way as businesses, and to make support easy to access.

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