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Councillor Paul Ray ensures council funding for local groups is not cut

October 8, 2017 7:13 PM

Lichfield District Council has an annual budget of £177,000 to support community and voluntary groups. Groups that have been supported in the past include Citizens Advice and Victim Support.

Paul Ray - 2015 ElectionThe council announced a review of this funding earlier in the year and Cllr Paul Ray ensured that he was on the review group.

He made it very clear to the group that this funding should NOT be cut due to the real good it does in our community. And he was successful - this funding has been preserved for the next 3 years. This is really important because community funding from other bodies including Conservative controlled Staffs County Council has been heavily cut.

This £177,000 funding will be made available to groups helping to deliver the Council's 'Healthy & Safe Communities' strategic priorities. This will be relevant to groups focussing on "ageing well", loneliness, homelessness, "keeping active", improving wellbeing and supporting volunteering.

Groups will receive the next round of funding in May 2018 and applications for this will be issued by the end of this year. If you are involved in a local group and want to apply for this funding watch the LDC website or contact your local Lib Dem team who will be delighted to help you.