Community grants fund restored after appeal

Berwick Town Council funding for community groups has been retained at the same level as last year following a late amendment to its budget plans.

Friday, 8th February 2019, 11:09 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 15:15 pm
Karin Graham, Grove ward, Berwick Town Council

Coun Karin Graham, member for Grove ward, called for the allocated funding to be restored to £1,410 rather than the £1,000 recommended in the draft budget.

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She argued: “I think it would affect the young people or less assertive people of the town who don’t know how to go for grants. I totally agree with keeping the precept the same but I would like to make an amendment with a proposal to find a few hundred pounds for the community, otherwise what’s the point of the people and communities committee being there if there’s hardly anything left?”

Members voted 10-0 to reduce the budget for subscriptions by the same amount to balance the books.