Cash for some, but one group will miss out

The new British 20 pound note, as of March 2007
The new British 20 pound note, as of March 2007
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FINANCE chiefs have agreed to hand out cash to charities – but refused to prop up a struggling community group.

In a Monday meeting of the finance and policy committee of Berkhamsted Town Council, it was agreed to give £200 to Community Action Dacorum to fund shopping trips for the town’s elderly.

Councillors also agreed to give £163.50 to Vitalise – which organises essential breaks for disabled people and carers. But they rejected a second grant application by Berkhamsted Community Partnership (BCP), which asked for £3,000 in March.

The Gazette reported in February that the volunteer-led group needs £10,000 by the end of summer to stay afloat.

The council says it will only fund BCP’s projects, for which it needs funding from elsewhere, and not its project officer.

Committee chairman David Collins said: “We are not here to fund somebody to finance very few projects. It is not good value for money.”

In a letter, BCP chairman Tony Statham said: “Given the uncertain future of the BCP in the absence of limited external funding, we have kept our project list to a minimum.”