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Lichfield councillor says Jigsaw hub must be supported if necessary even if council funding is withdrawn

A Labour councillor says Lichfield District Council must be ready to support the Jigsaw community centre even if it withdraws funding.

The hub on Dimbles Lane has been operated by the Fusion Credit Union supported by an annual grant of more than £9,000 from the local authority.

But a Lichfield District Council report has now recommended ending the funding due to the majority of usage being for the credit union, which will continue to operate the site even if the funding ends.

Cllr Dave Robertson said that while the immediate future of Jigsaw is not in doubt, it is important that the council continues to provide a safety net should it be needed.

Cllr Dave Robertson
Cllr Dave Robertson

“I am really glad to see that the Jigsaw hub will remain open and that the Fusion Credit Union is able to continue to operate without the need for financial support from Lichfield District Council,” he said.

“The success of Fusion is a great example of how well the people of Lichfield can work together for the benefit of us all. It also shows the impact that can be achieved when public money is used to support groups which invest in our communities.

“While I am happy to see that the credit union is now able to operate without the need for financial support, I know that I will be working alongside Cllr Colin Ball to make sure that the Fusion Credit Union will continue to have the backing of the district council should it be needed.”

“Support other social enterprises”

The decision to axe the grant will make savings for the local authority, but Cllr Robertson has called for the money to be put into other projects.

“We are calling for the £9,600 saving to be reinvested in the community,” he said.

“This is a relatively small amount of money for the council and in my opinion it has delivered fantastic value in allowing Fusion Credit Union to reach this level of sustainability. 

“I met with the council leader regarding another matter and raised this issue directly with him.

“I will be continuing to press for this funding to be used to support other social enterprises for the benefit of my ward and wider district.”

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