Organisations supporting communities hardest hit by the cost of living crisis have united ahead of next week’s spring budget to call on the chancellor to provide urgent support.

Over 30 organisations supporting thousands of people and charities across the UK have written to Jeremy Hunt urging him to act. The letter warns of the devastating impact on communities if charities are forced to scale back services or stop operating.

The organisations – which include sector infrastructure bodies and well-known charities – argue that the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors can’t respond to this crisis without support.

The signatories highlight that many charities are themselves at crisis point. Many are facing a triple threat of rising demand, falling income and rising operational costs. Latest research shows that half of charities are worried about their survival and ability to deliver services due to the current crisis.

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