Sign the Petition to Continue Funding for Community Action in Rural England

Ninety years of dedicated support for England’s 11,000 rural communities is under threat after the Government warned it may withdraw funding from the ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) Network.

This nationwide Network of rural community councils, of which Community First is one, carries out crucial work to help our communities thrive. It funds, leads or enables thousands of projects to help people tackle the challenges they face – from lack of affordable homes, broadband or public transport to supporting the young, the elderly and the most vulnerable in our society. It is the only Network that provides advice to the 80,000 volunteers who keep England’s 10,000 village halls alive. Without the Network's support, communities will be less resilient, services will be lost and more people will become lonely and isolated.

The petition calls on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) not to withdraw funding from the ACRE Network. To pull it now would fracture the Network, undermine years of investment and leave the most vulnerable in rural areas with nowhere to go.

We ask you to sign the petition by accessing the link below.  We also ask you to spread the word to your contacts via e mail and social media such as Twitter and Facebook and ask them to sign the petition too.  You can re-tweet ACRE's tweet here.  Once there are 10,000 signatures Defra must publish a response.  Once there are 100,000 signatures the process for a debate in the House of Commons is triggered.

Many thanks.

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