Vol­un­tary groups ‘in cri­sis’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

LIB Dem leader Cllr Bob David­son made a pas­sion­ate plea for con­tin­ued sup­port to the of­ten un­sung he­roes of the com­mu­nity. He said: “Vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions will be in cri­sis later this year just as the coun­cil will be. Last year we re­duced fund­ing sup­port and I look for sym­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing of their plight.” He was com­ment­ing on a re­port on the fu­ture fund­ing al­lo­cated from the coun­cil cof­fers. Cur­rently the coun­cil con­trib­utes £960,000 a year in fund­ing and rate re­lief to more than 800 vol­un­teer and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions across the bor­ough that the coun­cil says make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion. But with on­go­ing ser­vice and bud­get pres­sure they are to be warned of po­ten­tial risk in fu­ture sup­port from April 2010.

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