Grants to local community groups protected for another year

Posted on: 1 March 2018

Councillors have voted to keep financial support to a number of local organisations at the same level as the previous financial year.

At a Full Council meeting on 21 February, grants to the Citizens Advice Bureau, the AONB, North Devon Biosphere, the Exeter Rail Project, Go North Devon, North Devon Voluntary Services and South Molton Swimming Pool were all protected from cuts due to the positive impact they have on supporting the local community.

Between them, the organisations receive around £135k in NDC grants.

Cllr Rodney Cann put forward an amendment to the proposed plans to cut the grants by 8%, in line with the council’s cut in funding from the government, after several fellow councillors raised concerns about the impact a cut would have. He says: “I was pleased to be able to put forward these changes as these organisations do so much for the local community and what’s more, they can use our grant funding to pull down further external funding. I just felt it was the right thing to do.”

Leader Cllr Des Brailey says: “Members were asking that we reconsider cutting our grants to some of these organisations but I felt it was unfair to cherry pick who was cut and who wasn’t as they all do sterling work. So I was happy to agree to not cutting our grant to any of them to avoid any of them being disadvantaged.”

Grants to parish councils were also spared cuts.

The decisions over the grants were made as part of the setting of the council’s budget for 2018/19. 

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