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South Cambridgeshire District Council

We, the undersigned, oppose the devastating cuts of £382,600 to community sports, arts and other organisations that help people in real need. We believe that South Cambridgeshire District Council are proposing these cuts in a way that is unfair and will damage our local economies.

Signed,

Karen Thomas

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Reasons for opposition to South Cambridgeshire District Council's proposed cuts to their grants programme.

What is happening to the funds and what will the impact be?

• Grant funding to community...

Reasons for opposition to South Cambridgeshire District Council's proposed cuts to their grants programme.

What is happening to the funds and what will the impact be?

• Grant funding to community groups will be vastly reduced by £382 600.
• Capital grants for sports, community and play will all go – there will be no further funding for community buildings, sports pavilions, community arts etc.
• SCDC provides matched funding for Arts Development Managers (ADMs) of £70k, in 2012-2013 ADMs will generate £415,350 a 590% return on investment for community arts activities which will be lost, negatively effecting the local economy. Since April this year +38,000 people have taken part in ADM supported projects.
• Cuts are to be made to 'welfare advice' including to charities offering Citizen's Advice, housing advice and advice on homelessness.
• Grants that had been ring fenced for tree and hedge planting, archaeology and public paths are going into the smaller Community Chest pot (£1000 max grant) with no indication of future ring-fencing.

What's wrong with the process? Why is it unfair?

• SCDC consider the cutting of grants as not a 'key decision' (as noted in their agenda for the meeting) for them despite the major impact this will across the district.
• Your democratically elected local councillor will NOT get the chance to vote on these cuts. The decision is taken by one man, the Leader of the Council
• The Leader of Council now makes all decisions on grants and can ignore the views of local councillors, the advice of Council officers and public consultation (this did happen on the most recent capital grants programme where grants recommended by officers with large community support were rejected even in underspent funding pots).
• Despite making cuts that effect the +7000 young people attending Village Colleges in South Cambridgeshire there has been no consultation with young people on this decision.
• Cuts will have to be made however the council's target was to cut £300,000 this year according to their own Medium Term Financial Strategy and instead they are choosing to make deeper cuts of £382 600.
• A decision will be made before a report on the effect of the cuts is undertaken (consultation with groups including Village Colleges and Citizen's advice on how this will effect services will take place after the decision is made). What's the point of consultation after the event?

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