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Peterborough parish council funding 

Location: UK » East of England » PE

Peterborough City Council is planning to cut funding for local parish councils by a fifth from 2012/13.

The council currently pays a grant to each parish council based on a fixed sum per head of population in the parish. This payment is automatic, regardless of whether the budget plans for the parish indicate that it is needed, and is increased by inflation each year.

The council justifies the planned funding cut on the basis that the current approach effectively sees money being shifted from non-parished areas to those that have parishes.

The council’s proposal would see these grants reduced, roughly in line with the expected reduction in grants that the council itself is facing. It would be down to each parish council to consider in their own budget planning how this impacts them.

This proposal does not affect payment of sums for service provided by parish councils on behalf of the city council, or the payment of council tax sums that the city council collects as the billing authority.

The council’s plans are currently out to public consultation along with the remainder of its proposed budget, with responses due by early February 2011.

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