Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?
They are “rather backward in coming forward” with the needful.
be backward in coming forward = don’t do one’s best, don’t exert oneself
the needful = the needy, the indigent (plural)
indigent = a needy or destitute person
Thanks for your efforts.
It means they are reluctant to provide the necessary information.