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Glossop Volunteer Centre hits back at planned council cuts
Thursday 9th June 2016 @ 11:09 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Volunteer Centre’s chairman is hitting out at proposed fundraising cuts which he says could hit local services hard. 
Derbyshire County Council, battling reduced money from central government, is being forced into reducing its spending.
But centre chairman Peter Logan says the cost-cutting is affecting organisations already struggling to make ends meet.
Glossop Volunteer Centre fears they could lose all their county council funding.
They say while it relies on fundraising activities, income generation, and grants such as the Lottery to keep going, the grant from the council is a key part of their income. Without this, the future of the service is under threat.
The centre provides services which help to reduce the growing demand on the council’s adult social care services, as well as GP services and hospital admissions.
Glossop Volunteer Centre supports more than 600 residents in Glossop and last year provided more than 4,000 car trips to essential medical appointments.
Mr Logan said: “This could spell the end of vital services for local residents. This centre uses the funding from Derbyshire to attract other grants.
“For every £1 we receive from Derbyshire County Council we can attract another £3 of investment.
“This money is all spent in the Glossop area providing services for the most vulnerable. We know Derbyshire County Council has to make cuts, but this one makes no sense.”
Mr Logan said DCC will receive an extra £3.5m from increasing the Council Tax and pointed out that the council said it was committed to investing it in groups which help older and vulnerable people.
The council is holding a public meeting on Tuesday (June 14) between 11am and noon at Bradbury Community House on Market Street, Glossop, to give local people a chance to share their views about the proposed cuts to Glossop Volunteer Centre.
Mr Logan is hoping locals go along and take part.
Alternatively, you can go to the Glossop Volunteer Centre website and complete one of the council’s questionnaires.
For more information, contact the centre’s chief officer Julie Farley on 01457 865722.
By David Jones