For more than 100 years, the Scout movement has been supporting the community, helping young people realise their potential.Oh, dear. You just know what's coming, don't you?
So when one group in a deprived area applied for funding to help renovate a dilapidated hut which is almost as old as Lord Baden-Powell’s initiative, they thought they were in with a strong chance.
To their dismay, they were told they were not eligible for the cash – because their work does not involve drug rehabilitation for addicts or services to help young offenders.*sigh*
Mr Lewis, 37, works with a Beavers group for children aged between five and a half and eight. He said: ‘It’s infuriating that the good kids who keep their noses clean are ignored and don’t get any financial support.Yes. Yes, they will. And what sort of message does that send to the young of today?
‘So much cash is made available for young offenders after they have committed crimes.
‘They will throw any amount of money at them.’
No-one was available for comment at Knowsley Council last night.I'd hope that was due to shame, but I suspect it wasn't...