Birmingham's Lord Mayor has been criticised after turning down calls for a disaster fund for victims of the tornado which devastated parts of the city.
Coun John Hood, the current Lord Mayor, revealed he and city council leader Mike Whitby had decided not to launch an appeal, despite pleas from MPs representing the areas affected.
Money is urgently needed to help residents in "genuine hardship" after their homes were damaged or destroyed, said MP Roger Godsiff (Lab Sparkbrook & Small Heath).
Businesses in particular needed help to get back on their feet, the MP said.
Fundraising is a major part of the Lord Mayor's role. Appeals this year will benefit charities such as Acorns Children's Hospice and the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
The 130 mph whirlwind tore through Moseley, Kings Heath, Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath in late July, devastating homes and businesses, including many of Birmingham's balti restaurants.
The Association of British Insurers has estimated insurance claims will come to £25 million, but many of those affected were uninsured.
Mr Godsiff wrote to the council calling for the creation of a disaster fund "as a matter of urgency".
But Coun Hood said in his reply: "This is a matter which I have discussed at great length with the leader of the council and, in all of the circumstances, the decision has been taken not to launch an appeal."
Mr Godsiff said the response was "disappointing". A city fund was needed to provide immediate help to people in need, particularly businesses, he said.