Volunteers’ cash return

Blackpool Town Hall
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TOWN hall chiefs have restored some of the funding to a charity which is under investigation.

Blackpool Council has agreed to hand over £8,200, which is the second quarter’s funding, to the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Council for Voluntary Service (CVS).

The grant had been suspended after a probe was launched in August amid concerns about the way the organisation, based in Abingdon Street, was being run.

But following the adoption of a new action plan, and the appointment of a new board, some of the cash has been reinstated.

Interim chief executive Sally Collin said: “This is the result of some positive work and we have a new and highly skilled board committed to taking the organisation forward in these challenging times. We are delighted we will be able to support the groups who support our communities.We work very closely with the council and with the health sector, and we have proved to our funders we have got things back on track and will conclude the investigation as soon as possible.”

A report to councillors says: “The council has agreed to release a portion of the funding currently being withheld, with the second portion being released upon achievement of agreed milestones within the action plan.”

Blackpool Council had put aside £33,000 this year in funding for the CVS, which encourages new voluntary groups to set up, develop and apply for funding.

When council cash was pulled in August, Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said he had “become increasingly concerned” about the way in which the CVS was being operated and had requested a series of meetings with the chairman and responsible members of the board to discuss the way forward.