Councillors give up their allowances
FOR the second year running, Sleaford Town Councillors have donated their allowances to a charitable fund.
The majority of councillors did not take their allowance in 2012/13 and agreed the amount should be placed in the Sleaford Town Fund, with a sum of just over £6,000 donated.
The fund was established in 2012 and awards small grants to local individuals and organisations. It is administered by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation.
Town council clerk Shelagh McIntyre said: "This fund helps groups and individuals in so many small but significant ways – it helps to make a difference."
In the last round of grant awards for 2012/13, awards were made to The Junction – New Life Church; the Sleaford Sports Association; Alternatives Pregnancy Advice; The Sleaford Town Museum Trust; Mareham Pastures; Sleaford Concert Band; The White Heather Club and the 1st Sleaford Girls Brigade.
Foundation director Gordon Hunter, said: "I am full of admiration for Sleaford's town councillors.
"Set against a climate of bankers' bonuses, service cuts and benefits scrutiny, they have made a selfless sacrifice by donating their expenses to the public good.
"Lots of grassroots groups and needy individuals will be better off as a direct result."
Details of the Sleaford Town Fund can be obtained from the Community Foundation Grants Manager at 4 Mill House, Carre Street, NG34 7TW.
Enquiries can be made by calling 01529 305825 or by email email@example.com