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Urgent Campaign Launched To Help Communities And Voluntary Organisations In Dorset

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Published at 9:35am 16th January 2015.

A Dorset charity could be severely affected by new government funding cuts.

Dorset Community Action is launching an urgent campaign to put pressure on the government not to withdraw funding for the ACRE Network of Rural community councils.

The DCA is a member of the network and if the cuts go ahead they're saying their services will be badly affected as a result.  They're warning they won't be able to be as effective in preventing village pubs and post offices from closing.  For example, in King's Stag village, DCA has negotiated a deal between the local parish council and the Green Man pub to keep the post office service operating there. DCA is also working with Mosterton Parish Council and members of the local community to reinstate the Post Office service which the village recently lost.  

The DCA say their capacity to help people on low incomes suffering from fuel poverty will also be reduced as will the support they are able to offer to local transport schemes, like projects such as Bus 2 Go which takes excluded people and families on day trips.

The Network is the only nationwide organisation with a dedicated rural community focus, strengthening local communities, enterprises with an unrivalled reach into 52,000 grassroots organisations.

The Network is the sole organisation that provides advice to the 80,000 volunteers who keep England's 10,000 village halls alive.

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