Scottish charities warn they are ‘running on empty’

Ian Bruce, chief executive of Glasgow Council for Voluntary Services, spoke to BBC News Scotland to discuss the extreme challenges facing third sector organisations, particularly as fuel prices rise sharply. Some groups have called on governments to do more to help firms facing rising costs.

Ian told the BBC that pressures on organisations since lockdown started in March 2020 have been “huge”.

“Organisations responded quickly. They spent some of their reserves to support the people they were working with,” he said.

“We’re now two years later and organisations are starting to run on empty.”

“Just as people are starting to come into organisations expecting them to support them, the costs of doing that are going up dramatically.”

Fatima Uygun, director of Govanhill Baths Community Trust which runs community groups and services, as well as a foodbank on the southside of Glasgow also shared her experience.

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