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Cotterill on the Council

No surprises as West Lancs Conservatives opt out again

10.24.08 | Comment?

There’s a pretty useful online funding search tool, run by a company called j4b , which helps community and voluntary organisations identify appropriate grant funding possibilities.  Bascially, it’s a search engine which you can interrogate in several ways – type of work, type of ‘client group’, type of funding needed – and you end up with a list of people you might apply to, and some details on how to do it.

It’s been bought into by around 40 local authorities, large and small, across the country, and as part of that deal they get some ‘bespokeness’ so that funding opportunities local to them (e.g. local Charitable foundations) come up on the search.  For the Sefton example see here.

Here’s the list of local authorities that buy into it.   Surrounding West Lancashire we find Sefton, Knowsley, Wigan, South Ribble Councils on the list, but – and it’s not going to come as a surprise – no West Lancashire.  There’s a similar one for businesses, but again West Lancashire doesn’t figure (and South Ribble aren’t on that one either). 

It may not the only such tool on the market, but I’m not aware that West Lancs has gone with a competitor!

So, yes, that’s our Conservative Council – committed to doing the miniumum, with the least creativity, with the least overall consideration for what actually matters to people, taking the least reponsibility it can. 

Talking a good game, but playing pattacake-pattacake, not cricket.

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