Proposal to double area committee budgets

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Aberdeenshire Council have announced that they will consider a proposal to double Area Committee budgets from April 2016.

The proposal would raise Area Committee budgets from £52,500 to £105,000 a year from April, meaning that the total amount devolved to areas would be £630,000 a year.

More details will follow at a meeting of the full council as part of the overall budget and priority setting process.

Co-leader of the council, Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes, said: “The proposal to double the investment in area top-up budgets demonstrates that we recognise that some of the best solutions to respond to local challenges come by connecting people, communities, areas, organisations and ideas.

“Our area committees represent an important role in representing Aberdeenshire Council locally, and they have a very detailed understanding of local issues.

“We are making significant investment in regeneration of our communities, particularly in the north of Aberdeenshire. However, we recognise that the area top-up budgets play an important role in meeting local needs and investing in initiatives that are locally very important to communities.”

Area chairs, supported by area managers, will develop proposals to refresh the criteria for how the budget will be targeted.

These will then be reported back to full council in due course.