Archive for September, 2013

Where’s our £80,000 being spent?

September 25, 2013 1 comment

Parish and Town councils across the district have had their funding slashed by Arun District Council – but why isn’t there enough money for them?

At Full Council on 29th May 2013, the council resolved: “(2) strategic allocations be determined in light of the outcome of a review of the SHMA;” and “(4) the sum of up to £100,000 be agreed as a supplementary estimate for the production of studies and other evidence to support the above. This is equivalent to £1.81 on a Band D property of the Council Tax.”

We now know that the (second) review of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) will cost £20,000 – so what is the balance of £80,000 for?

So far, Arun have refused to disclose exactly what “studies and other evidence” this money is for. In response to a public question the leader merely repeated the mantra that it is for “studies and other evidence” but why won’t the council provide details? What studies? What evidence? What are they hiding?

A supplementary estimate for £100,000 constitutes major expenditure, particularly in these difficult times, when local authorities are making huge cuts in public expenditure, including service reductions, pay freezes, staff redundancies and, of course, withdrawing support from Town and Parish Councils.

Perhaps Arun’s Conservatives feel that they are so important that they do not need to explain what they are doing with our money, whilst they slash funding to our Parish and Town Councils?