Michelle and I went for the AVA meeting this afternoon, which only ended close to 6. Unfortunately my PC is down so I'm borrowing someone's PC to post this!
The AVA has told us that it is okay to inform caregivers of the following. Firstly, they are supporting Sterilisation as one of the means of controlling the community cat population. They have letters that they have written to the town councils to state this. However, they will not SEND those letters till the TCs ask for them. So you may need to ask your TC to request the letter.
Secondly, they will be subsidising a certain amount for each cat sterilisation, subject to a limit. This limit is to be decided I believe in conjunction with the TC and the caregivers as well. The details have not all been firmed up yet and they will need to work it out with the TC. The TCs must also AGREE to be on this programme in order for you, the caregiver, to be allowed to claim the amount subsidised. If you want your TC to be on this programme, you should let your TC know so that when AVA contacts them, they will have taken into consideration what you want.
Exciting news no?