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'Something For Something' For Community Grants

Monday June 17 2013

Steve Houghton Steve Houghton

COMMUNITY groups seeking grants could be asked to do projects such as litter picks as a condition of getting their funding.

Barnsley Council want the town to have more community-led volunteering efforts, with the goal of 'kick-starting' communities to do more to help themselves.

Six newly-created 'mini councils' have been set up with the idea that they'll commission services from groups and small businesses in the borough. 

Services could be anything from health improvement projects to gardening or setting up a community broadband scheme, depending on what is chosen as an area's priorities.

Each area council, made up of elected members and its own officers, can decide how it spends its allowance but will expect something in return for funding.

For example, a local football team asking for a grant for shirts might be asked to do a litter pick.

Council leader Steve Houghton said area councils would create more self-reliant communities as well as increasing volunteering and backing local businesses.

"There is nearly £100million coming out of our budget over the next few years," he said. "We'll be less able to respond to local need so we have got to do things differently.

"That doesn't mean the most vulnerable people will be left alone - there will still be a borough council and an economic plan. The aim is to strengthen communities and help them get through these difficult times."

The area councils are: Central Barnsley, Dearne, North Barnsley, North East Barnsley, Penistone and South Barnsley. From April 2014, they will each have their own budget depending on their size.

For example, the biggest area is Central Barnsley, which comprises of Central, Kingstone, Dodworth, Worsbrough and Stairfoot wards. This area will get £500,000.

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Reply Posted by AbeFromPlevna on Monday June 17 2013 at 15:13
"There is nearly £100million coming out of our budget over the next few years," he said. "We'll be less able to respond to local need so we have got to do things differently.''

Does this mean you'll be handing some of your inflated £176,000 plus £35,000+ expenses back into the coffers Sir?....you really have got a cheek.

Reply Posted by Guesty on Monday June 17 2013 at 15:25
Is Steve and co going to be doing something for something, cos as far as the people round here are concerned they get a lot for nothing.

Reply Posted by Tom on Monday June 17 2013 at 18:39
Let people do things in their local area to pay/reduce their council tax. I do not see why a select few should have monopoly privilege of cushy council jobs funded via taxation backed up by violence.

There are many young unemployed in our town due to government destroying our economy, and they could under-cut many working for the council in a flash. They could do a lot more for a lot less. They have to pay council tax, so it is only fair that some of their generation get a share of the work, and if they can do it for less, they should get all of the work.

It's hardly fair to tax young unemployed people to pay a select few inflated salaries, when the few have a degree of control over employment in the town.

Give them jobs, and on top of that, let them work.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 08:53
Kop out by the board at BMBC to further diminish their own accountability.

Council services will probably come at a premium when said mini councils come to need them.

Come a couple of years when this has been mismanaged the excuses will come, ahh but it was your mini councils fault not us, they had the money.

Reply Posted by flapper on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 16:17
Ok, so were in a mess,so much so that kids are being asked to help out. Dont get me wrong, It would be nice if people took more pride in our villages. This is all down to lack of money and lots being withdrawn by the government...not really anything the council can do about it, but they had no need to waste money on a stupid metal object that has just been plonked in front of the town hall...what the hell is it for? Will it earn us anything? Will there be any profit in it? Am I daft??? I just dont see the logic. It dosn,t make me want to help out really. Sack the twonk who hired it...it isn,t even ours to keep. CRAZY

Reply Posted by shaun bywater on Sunday June 23 2013 at 08:15
Lets get this reyt.. Groups which benefit local areas have to jump thru hoops. Abd the jobless just have to watch Jez Kyle . Sounds fare

Reply Posted by David on Sunday June 23 2013 at 08:25
Why not have the people who do nothing for their community (or their benefits) do cleaning up the streets. If people are wanting grants they are actually doing something for their community and making things happen, not just sitting on their backsides. Seems to me that those that want to do something for their villages are having to do something the council should have done twice over, whilst those that couldn't be bothered to do anything at all reap the benefits. The shame is, it is always the same people in a village who do these things , because there are too many of us happy to let them. How many people who post on here actually do anything for their community, but are quick to complain about how bad it is.

Reply Posted by Dannyboy on Sunday June 23 2013 at 10:04
It doesn't have to be litter picks, groups and people wanting money for a community benefit could also volunteer for example helping paint the scout hut or environmental work, this will introduce more people to fun and engaging community action, it's much needed, as much of the community action is delivered by the same people and apathy by others needs to be addressed, however, the council needs to understand that volunteering is not free, resources and support needs to be in place to help community volunteering or it will fail miserably.

Reply Posted by andy on Sunday June 23 2013 at 12:07
why don we just carry on the way we are giving money to people that don't want to work that would rather spend there days out side silk stone pub and loads of other pubs in Barnsley We could just give voluntary groups money for nothing in return let all our housing estates go to rack n ruin would that make all u moaning sods happy and yes before u ask i am a council worker i get up every morning and do a honest days work which is more than can be said said for most of the people moaning about loosing there benefits sorry i mean beer money !!!

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday June 23 2013 at 20:26
Bit of a narrow minded, pigeon holed view isn't it mr Andrew the BMBC worker?
Don't want to piss on your chips but no one is safe these days, especially council workers.
Just remember your only one letter away from redundancy.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Sunday June 23 2013 at 22:15
What with these mini councils being formed Im sure a fair few at BMBC towers will be surplus to requirements anyway eh andy? Plus the comment about giving money to people that don't want to work, you mean like sir steve, diana tenris, roy miller ( who is in way over his head - saw the council minutes the other day, the man is incompetent and unable to answer questions) the majority of labour councillors and a good measure of the pen pushers, we could save a fortune.

Last year I had the honour of attending a couple of meetings on behalf of another barnsley public organisation and believe me BMBC is a laughing stock even in the realms of public sector workers, someone to open the door when you walk in someone to make sure you have tea someone just to take minutes minuting the minutes, action planning action plans talking complete and utter b0ll0cks, its no wonder you never get anything done, it was a nightmare I used to walk out head spinning and gobsmacked that some of your lot could walk and think at the same time never mind manage anything.

Oh and next time you see sir steve and linda burgess as em how the new market is coming on, due for opening in less than 24 months now but we haven't heard a peep out of anyone for the since January when steve said they were looking for overseas funding!!!. 1249 regeneration havve not updated their website since last year - but I suppose they have still been getting paid (for nothing?)