Council saves on civic recognition

NORTH Lanarkshire Council is to cut back on celebrations for community organisations in order to save £20,000 a year.

Groups celebrating a special anniversary, such as centenaries, have until now been given a civic reception, with every member invited to dinner at Motherwell Civic Centre.

With the council facing cuts across the board, officials recommended scrapping such civic recognition entirely.

However, councillors decided that applications will be considered on a case by case basis to ensure acknowledgement of groups’ achievements continues.

This could mean Provost Tom Curley inviting a small number of representatives of an organisation to lunch or visiting the club to present a plaque or other memento to mark the occasion.

A council spokesman said: “The civic functions group, agreed that, while making the saving, the council should still recognise appropriate anniversaries in other ways and in each case we will consider how best to do that.”

Any group which made a successful application to the council for full civic recognition before the change will still receive it.

Full story in March 10 edition of Times & Speaker