What Does The Latest Council Shake-Up Mean To You? A WAB guide!
Monday October 15 2012
BARNSLEY Council has announced a massive shake up of its structure - with new 'mini authorities' running services across the borough.
Huge budget cuts have led senior officers and councillors to create a new shape for the way the council is run.
The plan is to create six Area Councils with their own budgets with a total of £2.1m being shared out.
Two ward areas - Dearne North/Dearne South and Penistone East/Penistone West - will receive £200,000 each.
There will be three, four ward areas: North East, Cudworth, Monk Bretton, Royston; Darton East, Darton West, St Helen's, Old Town; Wombwell, Darfield, Hoyland Milton and Rockingham which will receive £400,000 apiece.
Finally, a five ward area - Central, Kingstone, Dodworth, Worsbrough and Stairfoot will get £500,000.
The idea is the 'mini-councils' will commission services from community groups and small businesses in the borough.
Council leader Steve Houghton said: ''We have to create a more self-reliant community. The days when you could provide services for everyone are coming to an end.
"In future it is going to be local solutions to local problems.''
A senior council manager will be allocated to each Area Council and they will be given discretion as to how they spend their allowances. For example, there may be particular problems with potholes in some areas and the Area Councils will have the option of spending on filling them.
The structures will be set up next year and commissioning will begin before spending starts in 2014.
In addition 21 Ward Alliances will be created - a partnership between councillors in each ward and six community representatives - which will have a budget of £30,000 per ward.
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