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Rape centre is upset over funding

Staff at a rape centre are upset it has only been given a fraction of the council funding it applied for.

The Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre asked the city council for an 11,000 grant to enable the charity to keep running, but was awarded 683.

Staff at the centre said it worked out at 2.50 for each caller.

The city council said they valued the work the centre did but had given the same amount of money in previous years and were not the sole funders.

'Valuable service'

Executive councillor for community development and health, Sheila Stuart, said: "They've only ever had a small grant from us so we haven't cut their funding.

"It's regrettable what's happened as it's a valuable service.

"But we had to a look at a set budget which wasn't increasing and work out what to do."

Susan Turner from the centre said: "As sad as this setback is we want to let our callers know that we will fight to secure further funding and our crisis line will remain open every week.

"We are the only voice many of our callers have and will shout loudly to ensure they have the service they deserve."

The centre can currently only afford to open two hours a week, and received more than 260 calls in 2008.

The centre said more than 20% of those calls were from children.

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