Woodley Town Council – Draft Budget News

Woodley and Whitegates Lib Dems will be proposing changes in the annual grants given to local groups at Tuesday’s (24th January) Community Services Committee Meeting.

Beth Rowland, Lib Dem Leader of Woodley Town Council said “In these difficult financial times we all have to make difficult decisions on the best use of our money.  Woodley Lib Dems feel that the council should fully support groups that provide a direct service to residents coping with problems and are therefore proposing to award the full grant requested to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and ARC.” Beth added “In order to keep increases in the precept to a minimum we are proposing to fund these awards and other increases in community grants, for instance Readibus, by ceasing our funding for the Mobility and Information Centre van (MICE) operated by Earley Crescent Resource Centre that comes to Woodley Town Centre on Mondays.  MICE will continue to be funded until the end of March”

Phil Challis Lib Dem Deputy Leader of Woodley Town Council said “MICE provide a whole range of information from their van.  However Woodley Lib Dems feel that residents have alternative means of obtaining the most important information that they need through the library, Woodley Town Council offices and of course the internet all of which are available most of the time and that the funding the town council has provided to MICE in the past can be better targeted.”

Phil added “MICE has provided a good service in the town centre on Mondays in the past and of course will be missed, but we do have to be very careful to get the maximum value for tax payers money and at this time we feel that more value can be obtained through funding other groups”.

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