Women Centre could be in line for an extra £10,000

Pauline Nash who has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Skircoat Ward.
Pauline Nash who has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Skircoat Ward.

CALDERDALE Council will try to find an extra £10,000 for Calderdale Women Centre.

The service had applied for a total of £65,000 in Voluntary Sector Commissioning over the next three years.

But members of Calderdale Council Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel decided they should try to squeeze out more money from the budget for the centre.

Provisionally, the centre was due to receive £25,000 in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 plus £15,000 in 2014/2015.

However, Councillor Marcus Thompson (Con, Skircoat) explained that the group had deliberately asked for less because of financial pressures.

He said: “I have spoken to people from the centre who said they only put in a lower offer in the third year because times are hard for the council.

“They work very hard and have done a good job in difficult circumstances.”

Community services spokesperson, Pauline Nash, said: “It could be possible to find an extra £10,000 for Women Centre in the third year.”

There had been criticism of the allocation of the grants after Calderdale DART was told it would not receive funding.

However, DART and five other organistations could share of £145,000 as a transitional grant as they adjust to losing their funding.

Sue Nevison, of Voluntary Action Calderdale, said: “This has been a very long process but a really good one.

“In every grants process there are winners and losers.”

The grants still have to be approved by cabinet and full council before the money is allocated.

After 2015 there are no guarantees and bidding will start again next summer.