Lib Dems Fight to Keep Local Charities’ Funding

April 26, 2016 12:37 PM

Cllr Joe Naitta, Cllr Ruth Skelton and Danielle Lind visiting Derby CALCDerby Citizens Advice & Law Centre (CALC) will be forced to close its general advice service to the public because Labour councillors have axed the money for this service.

People from all parts of Derby - leafy suburbs and inner city - use the service.

Labour has also axed all the grants to the local voluntary sector. This includes groups like the Littleover Live at Home Scheme.

Community Action Derby which helps local charities to apply for funding has also lost its Council grant. This means it is now less able to help local voluntary bodies.

Lib Dem Councillors Joe Naitta and Ruth Skelton "called-in" Labour's decision for scrutiny. At the meeting all the Labour councillors backed their Cabinet colleagues. Labour has a majority on the committee, so they won the vote.

Councillor Joe Naitta said, "We have found money which the Council could use to support the voluntary sector but Labour decided to hold this money in reserves. Sadly Labour has rejected our suggestions three times."

If you want to support CALC there is a petition at you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/restore-citizens-advice-centre-in-derby. There are over 4,800 signatures so far. When a petition gets over 4,000 signatures (from adult residents of Derby) it must be debated at a Full Council meeting.