FENLAND: Report misunderstood how county council plans to support district through recession

PUBLISHED: 10:27 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

Wisbech Market place showing cars
parking, legal/not legal.

Wisbech Market place showing cars parking, legal/not legal.

YOUR newspaper s editorial last week seemed to misunderstand how the county council intends to support communities like Fenland through the recession. Cambridgeshire is well placed to weather the recession because of its broad range of employment opportun

YOUR newspaper's editorial last week seemed to misunderstand how the county council intends to support communities like Fenland through the recession.

Cambridgeshire is well placed to weather the recession because of its broad range of employment opportunities but we are not complacent.

The effects of unemployment and the threat of loosing your home are very real and can have a devastating affect on individuals and families.

This is a situation we as a county council along with our partners in the public sector, businesses and the voluntary sector want to join together to help in anyway we can.

That is why innovations such as the Weather the Storm website, www.weatherthestorm.org.uk are so important, providing help, advice and ideas to all our citizens.

Our partners in the health sector are telling us that they are seeing an increase in people suffering from stress.

Our message is do not wait seek advice, remember the saying "A problem shared is a problem halved"?

The website is just one measure we are taking to help people - for example next week, the County Council's Cabinet is being asked to agree £500,000 over the next two years to help our hard hit the voluntary sector to support our communities.

I was most surprised that you did not think fuel clubs were a good idea.

This was an idea which was not from the county council, but from the community itself. This idea has been successfully cutting fuel bills in Huntingdonshire for some time. I believe that in Fenland there is a lot of real community spirit and I'm sure that if the community got together over fuel clubs other ideas would come forward.

If any of your readers have other good ideas, we would like to hear about them.

CLLR JILL TUCK

Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council


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