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« on: May 01, 2014, 06:56:11 PM »

Three local projects have been awarded a share of £8,000 as part of the Royal Borough’s neighbourhood budget scheme – the popular initiative in which residents have a direct say in how their money is spent.

More than 2,700 votes were cast for the following winning projects with the latest round of voting now open – giving residents the chance to choose, once again, which schemes they think should benefit from cash funding.

The winning projects are:
 
£2,000 for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service – providing care and support for local children with life-limiting illnesses and their families in their own home

£2,000 for Furze Platt Junior School’s Reading Bus with £2,000 match funding also awarded

£2,000 for Thames Hospice to provide 10 days of specialist ‘hospice at home’ nursing care.

Cllr David Burbage, council leader and chairman of the cabinet participatory budget sub committee, said: “Congratulations to the latest winners of this ever-popular strand of the participatory budget scheme.

“This is all about empowering local people to help choose what projects they would like their cash awarded to with the ultimate aim of benefitting everyone in the community.

“These are three very worthwhile projects and I wish them well as they move forward in reaching their goals.”
 
The latest round of voting offers 12 different projects to choose from providing services for all ages across the borough. The deadline for votes is 5pm on Monday 16 June. The results will then be considered by the cabinet participatory budget sub committee on Monday 23 June.

To view the full list and to pledge your vote visit: www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/consultation_participatory_budgeting_voting.htm

Since it started in 2011 the neighbourhood budget scheme has resulted in more than £100,000 being given to 40-plus local projects. Applicants for neighbourhood budget funding can win even more money by asking their supporters to donate their Greenredeem recycling points with 200,000 points being converted into a £1,000 cash award.

Cllr George Bathurst, cabinet member for policy and performance, said: “I encourage residents to not only take part in the latest round of voting but to also think about how they may wish to get directly involved in putting forward an application for a project to benefit their community.

Groups submit details of their projects that would benefit from a financial boost of up to £2,000. The projects list is then published on the council website and residents vote for their favourites. Every two months the council tots up the numbers and awards cash to the most popular projects.
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