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Pendle luncheon clubs for the over 50s are facing axe
LUNCHEON clubs for the over 50s in Pendle are set to be axed by the council.
Finance chiefs are considering withdrawing over £52,000 annual funding from running nine clubs across the borough, which are used by an average of 139 people a week.
They said they could no longer continue to run the nine clubs, but instead would try and support other community groups who could provide their own.
Coun John David said: “In these tough financial times, we’re having to think long and hard about how we spend council taxpayers’ money.
“This won’t be an easy decision for councillors to make because, although the clubs only cater for very few residents, they are very greatly appreciated.
“There are, however, alternatives to luncheon clubs for our existing customers.
“If we do decide not to continue with our existing luncheon clubs, we would make every effort to help our customers find an alternative that suits them. The council currently runs luncheon clubs at:
- Kelbrook Village Hall (Monday)
- Brierfield Town Hall (Monday)
- Barrowford Holmefield House (Tuesday)
- Barnoldswick Civic Hall (Tuesday)
- Trawden Community Centre (Wednesday)
- Railway Street Community Centre, Nelson (Wednesday)
- Hodge House Community Centre, Nelson (Thursday)
- Railway Street Community Centre, Nelson (Friday)
- Primet Community Centre, Colne (Friday) One user of a luncheon club, who did not want to be named, said: “For us it is not about the money, but it is about the social side, of getting out of the house and speaking to people.”
The council currently funds the nine luncheon clubs to the tune of £52,240 a year, but under the new plans they would instead offer £5,000 to community groups, churches or social enterprise who wanted to run their own.
The council’s executive group is to discuss scrapping the funding for luncheon clubs at a meeting on Thursday, September 20.
If the executive agrees to the changes the discussion would then go to full council on Thursday, September 27.
If approved the clubs would be axed by April 1 next year.
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