Ward Budget Scheme 2015/16
The scheme provides members with £500 per year. It is intended to allow ward members to assist local projects financially, to facilitate suitable local initiatives and needs or opportunities which would also allow members to become more involved in their communities.
Following a decision of Council in May 2014, each ward member has a budget allocation of £500 to be spent on ward projects.
Members have a wide discretion in the disbursement of their ward budget. It is expected that wherever possible the allocations will support the Council’s objectives and priorities, which are:
Building healthier and stronger communities
- Building quality and affordable housing.
- Improve people’s health, in line with the County Health Plan.
- Support and promote volunteering.
Driving economic prosperity and growth
- Bring forward land and premises for business to grow.
- Develop the skills of our young people.
- Promote our area as a centre of innovation.
- Improve our infrastructure and broadband speed.
Making the most of our superb environment
- Improve our parks and open spaces.
- Make the visitor experience even better.
- Work with partners to reduce the impact of flooding.
The £500 allocation may be pooled with fellow ward members (in multi-member wards) but cannot be pooled with other ward members.
Members are entitled to use their allocation, in whole or in part, to contribute towards a local project which is receiving finance from other sources. In such cases, Members should state “Contribution towards (name of the project)”.
Details of all payments under this part of the scheme will be placed on the website to ensure accountability and transparency.
The scheme will be subject to review by the Monitoring Officer and the s151 Officer. The scheme was launched in 2012 and reviewed again at a meeting of the Council in May 2014. The current scheme was suggested and recommended at that meeting. Click here to see the Minutes.
The Ward Budget has been used by various members to support local projects including:
- A Parenting Group
- Pickersleigh Bears
- Continued internet connection at the Refresh Café
- Contribution towards a defibrillator
- Kyrebrook Daycare Centre
- Playground equipment at Suckley Playing Fields
- Barnards Green Traders Association
- Youth Centre, Kempsey
- Powick Parochial Church
- And very many others – see here