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Saturday 16 December 2017

Charities forced to cut vital services

CHARITIES are being forced to cut back on vital services as contributions drop significantly, new research has identified.

The Wheel, a national network of over 900 charities, said that falling incomes were forcing many charities to suspend or cut back services. This comes as their services experience a rise in demand.

According to a survey carried out, 64pc of charities experienced a decline in their income during the first six months of this year.

And 66.7pc reported an increase in demand for their services over the same period.

Nearly one-third of charities surveyed suspended or cut back their services this year.

Deirdre Garvey, chief executive of The Wheel, said it was a difficult time for charities.

"If charities are forced to close, the most vulnerable people in our society will have nowhere else to turn," she added.

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