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Pendle parish councils in new cash setback
CASH given to Pendle’s parish and town councils by the local authority is set to be slashed for the second year in a row.
A report recommending an ‘across the board’ 22 per cent cut in revenue grant for the year 2013/14 from Pendle Borough Council has been produced by the authority.
Such a cut, which would see an overall reduction in funds of £26,238 to 19 parish and town councils, was described as having potentially “devastating” effects, by the chairman of Nelson Town Council.
However, ahead of last night’s full council meeting it is believed a compromise had been reached by council leaders which would see just a 10 per cent reduction, saving around £11,000. Grants were also reduced by 10 per cent for the previous year’s budget.
Typically, the funds are spent on maintaining public areas, floral displays and signs, and enhancing Christmas decorations.
The council is also withholding £1,500 to Bracewell and Brogden parish after cash allocated to them previously was not spent.
A report to councillors justified the need for the cuts.
It read: “The council’s revenue funding is set to reduce by 22 per cent. As a consequence the executive has agreed to an equivalent reduction for town and parish councils.”
Eileen Ansar, chair of Nelson Town Council, said: “A 22 per cent cut would have a devastating impact on the good community-minded things that the town council does.
“The town and parish councils are finding themselves picking up a lot of responsibility from the county council such as looking after allotments.
“At 10 per cent it is more manageable as we have some reserves and the council has been prudent with its spending.”
The level of grant cuts was set to be decided by borough councillors last night.
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