Aug 10 2011 By David Baker
A LAST ditch bid to overturn Brent Council's decision to scrap funding for religious celebrations have all but failed after a meeting last week.
Liberal Democrat councillors had forced the re-examination of the decision with an ad-hoc call-in overview and scrutiny committee on Wednesday, last week, following two petitions put together by residents who gathered more than 5,000 signatures against the move.
The groups leader, councillor Paul Lorber, had hoped that they could persuade councillors from other groups to reconsider but he said: "We had a lengthy debate but the Labour members were clearly whipped and there was nothing we could do.
"There could still be an opportunity to instigate debate on this decision again in the future, when the council comes to announce its budget.
"It's very dissapointing but we have not given up all hope as yet."
The initial decision was made by the council's executive on July 18 to end public subsidy for nine faith-related events from April 1, 2012.
Those losing cash are Chanukah; St Patrick’s Day; Eid; Diwali; Christmas; St George’s Day; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month; International Women’s Day, and Navratri.