Banbury Constituency Labour Party

Labour Councillor Mark Cherry’s “deep regret at the scrapping of the Big Society Fund.”

Cllr. Mark Cherry

Cllr. Mark Cherry

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.”

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