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If funding is withdrawn the future sustainability of the Community Council of Staffordshire will be severely undermined and consequently the work we deliver with and for our rural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: firstname.lastname@example.org to ask her not to withdraw funding from the ACRE Network.