In March, Oxfordshire County Council will scrap a grant given to Councillors to support community development projects. Labour Councillor Mark Cherry, who represents the Ruscote ward in Banbury, donated £5,000 of his 2013/2014 budget to Frank Wise School for its new drama room.
He said: “It is with deep regret that I have learnt all county councillors’ Big Society Fund will cease after March.”
A statement from Oxfordshire County Council said: “The was fund was only made possible in 2012/13 and 2013/14 by one-off funding each year, however it is proposed not to continue in 2014/15. “The fund provides small-scale start-up funding for one-off community projects. “Other funding sources for such future schemes would still be available via the lottery or district councils.”
Mark Cherry said, “I felt I was doing good work with my fund as I have helped charities such as Home-Start and their work with children. All county councillors must share my disappointment at this news.”