Extra tax cash aids projects

A POT of £70,000 has been set aside from increases in second home council tax to help community projects.

Daventry District Council has received the money after the council tax discount on second homes was reduced from 50 per cent to 10 per cent across the area.

An agreement between the district and Northamptonshire County Council has resulted in a pot of £70,000 being available to support local community projects and initiatives in the district.

Students at the Daventry Music Service will receive a subsidy on their fees of at least £10 per term, per pupil after receiving £15,000 in funding.

A three-year fund worth £25,000 has been set up for DDC to deliver youth projects and activities across the district, with young people having a say on where the money should be spent.

The Daventry Job Club will receive funding to help extend it to rural parts of the district targeting specific groups, and additional funding will enable DDC to work with the Daventry Over Fifties Forum (DOF) to provide a rural roadshow and take a project out to the community.

The council has also agreed a sum of £15,000 for community and voluntary groups across the district to apply for training, equipment, help towards volunteer costs, and to put something towards small capital projects.

Council leader Chris Millar said: “I am delighted that a sum of £70,000 generated through the second home funding initiative will now go back into the communities in which it was derived and put to good use.

“The subsidy for the music service will encourage new students to join this positive activity, while maintaining their existing students who otherwise may not be able to continue due to financial constraints.

“Funding for youth projects, the Daventry Job Club and DOF will ensure that these projects can have as wide an impact across the district as possible, while other community and voluntary groups can apply for smaller grants towards any projects they need help with.”

For more information about how to apply for community grants go to www.daventrydc.gov.uk/communitygrants or contact Katie Arnold at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.