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Tory cuts to Group 5 debated by council

May 12, 2015 12:30 PM

Wiltshire Councillors Jeff Osborn (Ind) and Peter Edge (LD), have put a motion to today's council meeting in protest at the axing of funding to two particular voluntary groups, which have done a lot of good work in their communities. It says:

"This Council views with concern the manner in which the policy on voluntary sector group funding has been implemented. In particular two well regarded voluntary furniture recycling groups, in different parts of the county, have been poorly treated - the Burnbake Trust and Group 5. They have had all their Wiltshire Council funding withdrawn, with little or no consultation.

The consequence is that these organisations are now at risk of closure, with a loss of local community resilience and serious reputational damage to this Council.

Council need to reconsider; discuss the matter further with all those involved and seek to salvage something practical from this drastic situation."

The administration agreed to continue to talk to the two organisations, though didn't make any committments