THE Isle of Wight Council has pledged to recommission services currently provided by the Law Centre.

More than 3,000 people signed a petition to save the centre after the council announced it would not renew its grant.

The council has provided £70,000 in grant funding over the past three years to provide legal advice services.

Clarifying its position, the council said it was not cutting services — just recommissioning them.

Deputy leader Cllr Stuart Hutchinson said: "This is not about stopping services but looking at better ways of delivering them.

"The current arrangements for information, advice and guidance services, including those with the Law Centre, will expire in June.

"We believe recommissioning services will help us offer better support, providing help with housing, benefits, debt, employment, health and so on.

"The Law Centre, like any other prospective provider, can bid for the contract, either alone or in partnership with other organisations."

However, a centre spokesperson said it did not deliver information, advice and guidance services, branding the suggestion it could bid for the new contract 'meaningless.'