Every year, £1,000 is allocated to each City of Lincoln councillor as part of the “Ward Budget” scheme. People from the community can then put in bids to the councillors to get some of the money, for all sorts of reasons.
As this year’s councillors settle in, they’ll soon have their hands on the ward budgets once again, deciding who gets how much.
So how were ward budgets spent for 2010/11?
One of the biggest winners last year is Dance Factor, a local scheme across eight of Lincoln’s wards that tries to involve children in dance.
The scheme applied for £1,610 in total, from 11 different councillors. It got the full amount it applied for.
However, the applicant that received the most funding is the 28th Lincoln Scout Group, that was handed £3,000 in total by all the ward councillors in Bracebridge. The summary states “carried forward as agreed”, suggesting this is a continuation of funding from the previous year.
Lincoln City Supporters Club got £1,000 from Councillor Bud Robinson of Park Ward, for “funding for hire of LCFC (Lincoln City Football Club) facilities to run facilities/activities for the benefit of residents of Park Ward.”
Here’s a spreadsheet of where the money from ward budgets went in 2010/11 for you to search through.