Council stops funding community hub – but doors will stay open

By Kerry Ashdown | Lichfield | News | Published:

A council has agreed to pull funding for a community hub – but the centre is set to stay open.

Councillor Doug Pullen

Lichfield District Council was supporting the Jigsaw Centre in Dimbles Lane with £9,663 a year, but in January a review was ordered by a council committee.

Jigsaw is currently run by Fusion Credit Union and offers meeting space, information and signposting services.

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday Councillor Ashley Yeates said: “During the review they told us they didn’t need funding anymore, which helped us come to a decision.

"I would like to thank Fusion Credit, who said they will carry on doing the signposting service there.

"People will be able to call into the centre if they need to. There are more people calling in asking if they can use the toilet rather than using the service.”

Council leader Doug Pullen added: “I would highlight the great work Fusion do for the community – it’s to their credit that they will continue it. The last enquiry was for a copy of the Watchtower magazine.

“We can divert the finding elsewhere.”

The council’s last funding agreement with Fusion ended on June 30 and the cabinet agreed not to enter into a new one.

Kerry Ashdown

By Kerry Ashdown

Local Democracy Reporter covering Staffordshire.

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