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Posted by: John Brace | November 30, 2012

Cabinet (Wirral Council) 29th November 2012 Neighbourhood Forum funding and Council Tax Benefit replacement


There were two extra recommendations moved at the Cabinet meeting of the 29th November 2012, the first was on the replacement scheme for Council Tax Benefit (agenda item 3).

Additional recommendation:

Cabinet is appalled at the government’s decision to transfer responsibility for helping people on low incomes to pay their Council Tax to local authorities but to cut the funding for this by 10 per cent, resulting in a shortfall for Wirral of £3.5 million.

Councils like Wirral have been placed in the awful position of being forced to choose between reducing support to some of the poorest people in the Borough or removing funding from other Council services.

The government’s transitional grant scheme will not help Wirral as it will leave a shortfall of £1.4 million which will have to be found by cuts elsewhere.

Cabinet believes that this policy makes a mockery of Localism. If government is not prepared to transfer both powers and adequate funding to Councils then genuine devolution will never be achieved.

Cabinet calls on the government to rethink this ill-judged policy as a matter of urgency.

The second recommendation (agenda item 6) was to release of some of the frozen Neighbourhood Forum funding.

NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM FUNDING
Cabinet notes, that due to the potential £13.2 million in year overspend faced by this Council caused in the main by unprecedented cuts in grants from the Coalition Government, all non essential spending has been frozen.

Cabinet has already released £220,000 of funding for local road safety initiatives following a successful bid to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

In spite of continuing budget pressures, given clear local need, Cabinet agrees to the immediate release of £330,000 for Area Forums (£30,000 per Forum) for the support of local Community and Voluntary Group projects.

Given the urgency of allocating this resource, Cabinet instructs Officers to meet with Local Ward Members to consider bids that have been submitted, and make recommendations on how this funding should be allocated. Whilst these recommendations are a matter for Ward Members, Cabinet urges Members to consider prioritising bids that seek to assist the most vulnerable and to support community groups who are most in need.

Cabinet also notes that the Chief Executive is currently consulting with residents and staff regarding the future of Area Forum funding and requests that funding for future years be considered in the light of the consultation findings.

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  1. If these councillors had not been caught being abusive to vulnerable and disabled people, then I’d be right behind them in their statements.

    However…. they’ve squandered mine and many others’ support by allowing their abusive senior officer friends to raid the bank accounts of people who they had a statutory to protect and couldn’t hope to fight back. To the tune of well over £700,000. Despite being told in detail about it YEARS ago by a whistleblower – who was ‘thanked’ by being driven from his job. Well done again to Martin Morton – but just look at how his good faith actions were rewarded.

    I hope it’s only a short matter of time now before all the nonsense is swept to one side (insulting endorsements by local MPs, improvement boards, action plans, troubleshooters, bogus independent investigations, bogus ‘no case to answer’ verdicts, bogus promises, bogus assurances, bogus management jargon, gags, pay offs, rewards for failure, successful attempts to ban public filming, and now caught red-handed using equality legislation to treat councillors as a protected group…. see here:

    http://easyvirtualassistance.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/wirral-council-throwing-a-concealing-blanket-over-klonowski-smith-reports/

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