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Rural Community Councils’ e-Petition to protect Government Funding

The Community Council of Staffordshire is under threat!

Special notice issued on behalf of the Community Council of Staffordshire

Join our urgent campaign calling on the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs not to withdraw funding for the ACRE Network of rural community councils.

The Network, of which the Community Council of Staffordshire is a member, is the only nationwide organisation with a dedicated rural focus; building community resilience, strengthening local enterprise and supporting the most vulnerable in our society. In addition, it is the sole network that provides advice to the 80,000 volunteers who keep England’s 10,000 village halls alive.

The Network has been supported by Government investment for decades. Now, however, we have been advised by civil servants to expect no further funding from Defra.

If funding is withdrawn the future sustainability of the Community Council of Staffordshire will be severely undermined and consequently the work we deliver with and for our rural communities will be in jeopardy.

To pull the Defra funding now would fracture the Network, undermine decades of government investment and leave the most vulnerable in rural areas with nowhere to go.

Please show your support for the Community Council of Staffordshire by signing the ACRE Network online petition now at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/73418

Please urgently write to Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR or email: defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk to ask her not to withdraw funding from the ACRE Network.

 

Looking forward to the May elections

Parish councils across Staffordshire will have their ordinary elections on 7th May.

Prospective candidates, be they serving councillors or not, should familiarise themselves with the election procedures and reconfirm their eligibility to stand. If you are proposing to stand in May then please remember that to become nominated as a candidate you will need to submit a completed set of nomination papers to the Returning Officer by 4pm on the 19th working day before the poll. The Electoral Commission’s website offers outline guidance for those intending to stand. The following documents will be of particular interest.

www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales

www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/141799/Part-2a-Standing-as-and-independent-candidate-P-and-C.pdf

www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/141802/Part-2b-Standing-as-a-party-candidate-P-and-C.pdf

 

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