Ward budgets

Ward budgets are a dedicated and flexible resource with which to address specific local issues and priorities.

Local councillors have been given an annual budget of £46,000 per ward per year to spend on projects within their wards. Ward budget funds could be used to improve the local environment with new trees, flowers or improved paving, to purchase new equipment for the local sports club or fund activities for older residents. 

How to apply

  1. Download the ward budget application form (DOCX, 55KB).
  2. Fill in the details and save.
  3. Return the application form to wardbudgets@westminster.gov.uk

Please ensure your project meets the following guidelines:

  • it is of benefit to local residents in the ward
  • it is not against council policy
  • it is managed by an organisation or club; we are not able to fund individual

You should also be aware that we pay in arrears, so money will only be transferred after evidence of spend and monitoring is sent and approved.

What to expect from the process

You need to apply at least 2 months before the intended start of your project. 

If you are applying for over £10,000 or you wish to approach more than three wards, we would advise you allow at least 3 months to obtain approval.

Once checked, your application will then be sent to all 3 councillors in each ward you wish to approach. 

At least 2 councillors from each ward need to approve your proposal. They may have additional questions.

If all the relevant approvals are obtained, the team will then send you a contract to sign and return. 

We will then ensure that you are added to our finance system and raise a purchase order for the approved amount. 

If the application is for more than £10,000, we will also need to gain approval from our legal and finance teams, as well as the relevant Cabinet Member.

Once you have begun your project, we ask that you send us a completed monitoring form every quarter. We only make payments retrospectively and we require evidence of all spend, including copies of receipts and invoices. You may only apply for reimbursement for spend that falls within what was outlined in your proposal and signed contract. If a quarterly reimbursement is not convenient, you can also apply for reimbursement at more regular intervals.

Ward budgets funds are still public money so any criteria that would apply to other forms of public spending will apply here. All activity is subject to the council's constitution, standing orders and financial regulations. 

How would you like to see your ward budget spent?

All wards are keen to hear your views on how these funds should be allocated. You can put your ideas for projects forward by contacting your local ward councillors directly or by contacting the ward budgets team at wardbudgets@westminster.gov.uk or 020 7641 5377.

Find out which ward you are in

Background to the ward budget programme

In April 2008, the council introduced a pilot ward budgets programme which provided funds to each ward in the city to support local projects and priorities.  

All projects:

  • were locally derived
  • met an identified need
  • improved local social, economic or environmental well-being
  • did not undermine council or partners' policies or service delivery
  • were lawful

Following the success of the pilot programme, new funds have been allocated to each ward since April 2010. Since April 2012 this amount has been £46,000 per ward per year.

Ward budgets

2014 to 2018

Projects funded 2014 to 2018

2010 to 2014

Projects funded April 2010 to March 2014

2008 to 2010

The programme was piloted for the first 2 years. Summaries of all the projects supported from 2008 to 2010 are available in the table below.

Abbey Road Maida Vale
Bayswater Marylebone High Street
Bryanston and Dorset Square Queen's Park
Churchill Regent's Park
Church Street St James's
Harrow Road Tachbrook
Hyde Park Vincent Square
Knightsbridge and Belgravia Warwick
Lancaster Gate Westbourne
Little Venice West End

If you would like more information in regards to the projects your ward has funded, please email the ward budgets team for more details.

wardbudgets@westminster.gov.uk

Last updated: 27 February 2020