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HONITON: Cash boost for community groups?

Thursday, 12 December 2013


Community groups in Honiton could benefit from an extra £1,800 of council cash – money that has become available because some town councillors did not claim their annual allowance.
The increase could be announced if the council decides to transfer funds left over from members not claiming their expenses to the grants fund.
Members are entitled to claim an annual allowance of £305 per year to cover basic costs incurred from council work.
But some members do not claim the allowance and now that money, a total of £1,820, could be freed up to help fund projects in the town. The issue was due to be resolved at the town council meeting on Monday, December 9th.
Last year a total of £14,035 was granted to organisations in Honiton, £9,000 of which was paid to the Tourist Information Centre to assist with wages. A further £1,000 was granted to Honiton’s Citizens Advice office.
Other projects that received funding support included Honiton Town Football Club, Honiton Antiques Festival and Honiton Community Church, which received financial support to provide pastoral care for the homeless.
Funding was also set aside to cover maintenance costs for the Millennium Green, to assist TRIP, the community transport association, and to pay for health and safety provisions at July’s Hot Pennies ceremony.
But this new funding increase could enable more grant applications to be permitted.
The decision regarding the allocation of grants is usually taken at the town council meeting in April, but has been moved back to May this year.
Applications for grants will now be taken between mid-February and the end of March, and will be reviewed by the finance committee in April.
Funds will not be available until mid-May, around six weeks later than in previous years.

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