The self-styled “Civil Aid Voluntary Rescue Association” (CAVRA) a registered charity which claims it is a “back up” to the “official Emergency Services” has been had its request for cash from the Vale of Glamorgan Council rebuffed.
The Vale Council had been handing over council-tax payers’ money to the tune of £250 a year to CAVRA – but this year the Sully-based organisation had asked for its annual grant to be doubled to £500.
Earlier CAVRA had complained to Cardiff Harbour Authority about not being called out to emergencies in Cardiff Bay – but Assistant Harbourmaster Tim Gifford said the Harbour Authority’s emergency procedures did “not include reference to CAVRA”.
Now, not only has the organisation had funding refused by the Vale of Glamorgan, but CAVRA has been firmly reminded by the Vale of Glamorgan that it is “not part of council official emergency planning protocol”.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has cut back grants to charities and community organisations from £9,400 in 2014/15 to £1,830 for 2015/16 . Some observers say such cuts are long overdue and that no council tax-payers’ money whatsover should be handed over to charities – because that’s not what council tax is for.