Charity calls for help amid looming threat of Government cuts

Cambridgeshire ACRE has been helping rural communities for 90 years

Cambridgeshire ACRE has been helping rural communities for 90 years - Credit: Archant

Littleport-based Cambridgeshire ACRE is urging people to sign a new petition in response to a threat from Government to cut its finding.

ACRE, and dozens of organisations like it, is under threat after the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs warned it may withdraw its funding as part of Government budget cuts.

The organisation, based in Main Street, said it had written to all parish councils, village halls and other local organisations to ask them to express their support for the charity.

Cambridgeshire ACRE has been supporting rural communities for more than 90 years by funding, leading and enabling projects - from lack of affordable homes, to keeping village halls running or determining a plan for action for their community.

Kirsten Bennett, Cambridgeshire ACRE’s chief executive, said: “Without the network’s support, rural communities will be less resilient, services will be lost and more people will become lonely and isolated.

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“We are calling on Defra not to withdraw funding from the ACRE network. To pull

it now would fracture the network, undermine years of investment and leave local rural communities without a national voice.

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“We would ask anyone who lives or work in a rural community to sign our e-petition which can be found at”

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