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 since April 2008 to spend on local projects in their wards - from 1 April 2014 this is £46,000 per ward per year. The budgets are intended to enable councillors to address local issues and priorities that matter most to residents. This could range from improving the local environment with new trees, flowers or improved paving, to purchasing new equipment for the local sports club, or funding activities for older residents.
Please ensure your project meets the following guidelines:
2014 to 2018
2010 to 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|
|Church Street||St James's|
|Hyde Park||Vincent Square|
|Knightsbridge and Belgravia||Warwick|
|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.
020 7641 3255
In April 2008, the council introduced a Ward Budgets Programme which provided funds to each ward in the city to support local projects and priorities.
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.
Your views about the key issues and priorities for your ward can be submitted at any time during the year. To influence spending you can contact your local ward councillors directly or contact the ward budgets team.
Ward budgets are still public money so the same criteria apply as would to any other form of public spending, such as appropriate accountability. All activity is subject to the council's constitution, standing orders and financial regulations. Therefore, ward budgets are paid retrospectively and evidence of spend must be shown before invoices can be paid. Find out more about the council's decision making process. Ward budgets cannot be used by council services, partners or third parties to make savings.
Ward budgets can be used to fund joint projects between two or more wards providing each ward has identified the same issue and there are clear benefits for the residents in each ward.
If councillors propose spending the budget on extra services delivered by the council or its partners, the price will be calculated in real terms based on how much the extra burden will cost the relevant department, including set-up, man hours and running costs. When commissioning services from third parties, the usual codes of conduct will apply in seeking a number of quotes to ensure best value for money.
A quarterly update report covering spending in each ward will be produced, explaining to residents how funds are being allocated in their areas and what has been delivered as a result.