Croydon Council is in the process of launched a new initiative that will see ward councillors each given control of a £2,000 budget.
Known as the Community Budget Programme, it will be led by councillors but with the involvement of local residents, who will help prioritise how money is spent.
This is a small step, but a great initiative that will devolve powers away from the Town Hall and into the community. The money must be spent on a one-off item or issue which is important within the ward but could include community events and projects such as refurbishing or cleaning up parts of a local area.
It’s due to be launched in June – I look forward to doing what I can to support my councillors in Croydon Central with what sounds like a promising project for democratic and community engagement.