Have your say in community spending

Published Date: 

6 Oct 2017 - 13:51

Local communities are to have their say in how an Argyll and Bute Council fund is spent.

Residents will be able to decide how the Supporting Communities Fund – which this year gave out £112,000 – is given out.

The fund is split equally between the four area committee areas – Oban, Lorn and the Isles, Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands, Helensburgh and Lomond, and Bute and Cowal – with the committees deciding which projects are funded.

Now a pilot project is being set up that will see communities able to vote for the projects they would like to receive funding. This approach puts Argyll and Bute Council at the forefront in Scotland of empowering communities.

Policy Lead for Communities, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “This is about empowering communities to do what they think is best for their areas.

“We want people living in Argyll and Bute to take decisions on how best to spend the funds available within their communities.

“We know from past experience that people want more say on decision making in their communities so I’m sure residents will be happy to take this on board.”

Another change to the fund agreed is that projects can receive 100 per cent of the funding needed, up to a maximum of £2,500.

A recent Council pilot scheme that asked Argyll and Bute residents to vote online to decide how a one-off fund to promote and enhance Gaelic should be spent was a big success, with a high number of people taking part. It was the first fully digital project of its kind in Scotland.

The Council has been given Scottish Government funding to support this project with the Supporting Communities Fund.