More public power with £1.5m towards Community Choices Fund

Kevin Stewart,

Kevin Stewart, Local Government and Housing Minister

Communities across Scotland are to benefit from £1.5 million funding which will give people more power to make decisions directly on spending in their local areas.

Targeted at work in deprived areas, community groups as well as public authorities, including local authorities, were able to apply for funding to organize their own Community Choices budgeting events.

Local Government and Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “The Community Choices Fund offers an opportunity for decisions to be made by people in their local communities who are best placed to know what their community needs.”

The fund received over 100 applications with 16 successful community projects and 12 public authorities spanning the breadth of Scotland, including Edinburgh City Council gaining £81,895 to support events on health and hate crime.

Mr Stewart said: “It’s the commitment of this government to give communities more control to shape their futures. I am delighted to see communities applying for Community Choices funding and to read about the innovative and creative ways communities are working to address the issues that are important to the people in their community. It is also pleasing to see that we have engagement with Community Choices right across the country from Shetland to the Scottish Borders.”

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