Community Grass-Roots Benefit From Locality Budgets

Councillors can use the funding to support community groups in their wards to help purchase equipment, hold events, or run services that will benefit local residents. The funding can also be used in combination with money from other organisations, including county councillors’ budgets, to contribute to larger projects.

A set of financial rules governs the use of the funding to ensure it is used fairly and wisely, but decisions over what types of project to support rest with local councillors. The scheme is starting in 2012-13 and details of the support given will be included in the Council’s budget statement for the year in mid 2013.