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Report recommends Lichfield District Council ends funding for Jigsaw

Lichfield District Council is set to permanently withdraw the funding it gives to the Jigsaw community hub.

Jigsaw in Lichfield
Jigsaw in Lichfield

The local authority has previously paid an annual grant of more than £9,600 to Fusion Credit Union which runs the facility on Dimbles Lane.

Jigsaw was originally operated as part of the North Lichfield Initiative before being taken over by the credit union in 2014.

An extension to the grant funding was given at the end of the term earlier this year while a review over the council’s future commitment to the site was carried out.

A report to the council’s Cabinet has now recommended that the arrangement ends, after claiming only 6% of users were visiting the site for reasons other than the credit union.

Jigsaw will still continue to be operated by the credit union without the council’s cash.

The report added: “The overall purpose of the agreement was to ensure that the community premises known as Jigsaw continued to provide meeting space, information, signposting and support to local residents and offered appropriate services.

“During the course of the review [which began in January] the council has been advised that Fusion no longer require grant funding to continue to operate in the premises but have committed to continue to provide a signposting service and make the room available for hire.

“The ward councillors from Curborough have been consulted and are in support of the recommendations.”

The issue will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting at Lichfield District Council this evening (9th July).

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  1. Rob

    9th July, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I remember accidentally wandering in there about ten or twelve years ago, thinking it was a toy shop. I was glad to have a shower when I got home.

  2. Mat

    9th July, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I use the facility and have always found the staff to be very helpful. Glad to hear it’s continuing even without council financial help.

  3. Asellus aquaticus

    9th July, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    You really can’t help yourself with vile, condescending and needlessly unpleasant trolling, can you Rob?

    I’m glad to hear that Fusion Credit Union are able to keep this excellent community asset going.

  4. John Griffin

    9th July, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Rob goes from bad to toxic. Horrible post.

  5. Steve

    9th July, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I find it frustrating that the council are looking so hard at a spend of £9500. Yet, they let £7million go out the door without a care in the world.

  6. Tom Loughbrough

    9th July, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Good to see Jigsaw still running. They do a lot of good work

  7. Philip Allso

    9th July, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Universal Credit was introduced to encourage people to work rather than to rely on social services. All well and good if such work was readily available and paid rates at reasonable levels. We all know that this is far from reality. There are more people in work than ever. Many jobs do not pay a living wage. We have to be pragmatic. There will ALWAYS be a class of people who will need state support. I cannot see any alternative. Food Banks in our age? This is a disgrace. Our conservative council are proposing to remove this paltry sum from a cause trying to patch up the failure of their policies. Get real councillors. Fate could put you in their position one day.

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