Ward Budget Scheme
The scheme provides councillors with £500 per year. It is intended to allow councillors to assist local projects financially, support local initiatives and needs or opportunities which would also allow councillors to become more involved in their communities.
Councillors are entitled to use their allocation, in whole or in part, to contribute towards a local project which is receiving finance from other sources.
Here are some of the ways the money has been spent in 2016/17 to make a difference in our communities:
- In Alfrick and Leigh Ward, councillors donated £250 between them to support a programme of talks, trips and a Christmas lunch for members of the Alfrick Thursday Club. They also jointly gave £250 to Alfrick and Suckley Toddler Group to support young mums in rural areas, £150 to Sphere Community Choir for a new keyboard, £150 to Leigh and District Gardening Club to create a garden at Alfrick Village Hall and £200 towards equipment for the Branches Group meeting in Alfrick and Lulsley Village Hall.
- In Upton and Hanley Ward, a councillor donated £500 to a project by Hanley Castle Parish Council to build a new kick wall on Hanley Swan Playing Fields. The wall includes a painted on goal and target game and is aimed at encouraging children in the area to be more physically active.
- In Link Ward, the three councillors donated £1,500 to the creation of a quiet area at St Matthias Primary School. Work is underway on the project which includes the creation of a sensory seating area, a beach, and a place where children can make dens.
Details of all payments made from May 2016 - April 2017 under this scheme can be viewed here.
If you have a project which you think would be suitable for support from your local councillor, check which ward you are in here and find your local councillor here with their contact information. Applications for 2017/18 close on 31st December 2017.