Hampshire councillors to receive more cash for causes in their wards

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BIGGER grants for councillors across the area have been agreed.

Leaders at Hampshire County Council agreed to approve the plans to give councillors more money to invest in community projects in their wards.

The move applies to members representing wards in Havant, Gosport, Fareham, East Hampshire and Winchester districts.

Every county councillor currently gets a grant of £8,000 a year.

But they will now be given an extra £5,000 this year to spend on good causes in their area.

In addition, leaders have also agreed to consider giving every county councillor an extra £10,000 to spend on environmental improvements in their wards.

A council report states: ‘Members will be all too aware of the local concerns and problems surrounding local highways, transportation and environmental issues.

‘Small but important local issues around roads, pavements, footpaths, traffic calming, bus shelters and maintenance of grass areas and hedgerows are often not fully accommodated within the large prioritised strategic programmes that the county council operates across the whole county.

‘It is therefore proposed to make available the equivalent of £10,000 per member per annum for a Members Environment Fund.’

The scheme would be paid for by cash reserves held by the county council. It will be considered in next year’s budget.