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Councillors to be given the chance to splash the cash on local communities

HCC Hertfordshire County Council have unveiled a new proposal to give every County Councillor £10,000 to spend on "worthwhile community projects" 

The council's Cabinet agreed on Monday to introduce 'locality budgets' from this summer, which will allow each councillor to fund projects local to their division.

Leader Robert Gordon said: "Councillors know their patch as well as anyone. This scheme offers us the flexibility to tap into their local knowledge to make sure that the money we have set aside to help local communities gets to the right places.

"This is a great opportunity, not just for worthwhile projects to get a welcome funding boost, but for councillors to live up to their role as community champions."

The scheme will be launched in July with details of the ways in which community groups can make bids for support. Councillors who are elected in June will receive an information pack, providing detailed guidance and application forms. Any funding from locality budgets must be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. 

As reported on the HCC website

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