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SALFORD CITY MAYOR’S £1MILLION ‘DISCRETIONARY FUND’ TO SPEND AS HE LIKES
 

Star date: 3rd November 2018

SALFORD MAYOR HAS £1MILLION FUND

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has a £1million 'discretionary fund' to spend on whatever takes his fancy. The Salford Star understands that this has been the case every year since the new mayoral system came into force in 2012, which would make it a cool £6million being spent without virtually any public knowledge of its existence.

Commendably, Dennett has spent the £1million this year on ethical projects but the scope for abuse is always lurking in the background.

Full details here...


Every year, the Salford Star understands, the Salford City Mayor has a budget of £1million to spend on whatever turns his whim. It's called the 'Discretionary Fund' and few people in Salford know of its existence.

Basically, the Star believes, the Mayor can hand money out to any project in the city, which raises major concerns about accountability as it appears that the funds don't have to be approved by any councillors or council committees.

The spend for this financial year is £1.073million, according to a response from a Salford Star Freedom of Information request. To his credit, the Mayor has funnelled the funds into seven projects, all - bar one - connected to schemes to help alleviate the city's growing poverty...

£250,000 taken from the Children's budget has been spent on youth workers and youth service support.

£150,000 has been spent on four full time children's social workers

£33,000 has been handed to the Salford Foundation for one full time officer, working on fuel poverty

£37,000 has been given to Salford Credit Union

£53,000 has gone into welfare rights and debt advice 'for residents impacted on by welfare reform changes', including one full time and one part time officer

£250,000 has been ploughed into the Salford discretionary support scheme for the 'Provision of immediate emergency support to residents', including funding for one full time admin officer

£300,000 has gone to pay for 13 street cleaning 'operatives' to clean A roads.

While all these projects are commendable, the £1million 'discretionary fund' raises questions about potential abuse and lack of accountability.

The Salford Star has now put in a further Freedom of Information request to get hold of spending over the full six years of the mayoral system...

Jason Worrie wrote
at 19:05:34 on 10 December 2018
so whats all the secrecy about ? Is this money a SLUSH fund ? WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO KNOW ITS OUR MONEY
 
Gareth L wrote
at 17:22:01 on 08 December 2018
Could have given the money to keep the nurseries open.
 
Albert Kinsella wrote
at 17:21:09 on 08 December 2018
How about providing funding for Salford Star ? If Dennett is for Transparency and Openness , and if he got nothing to hide from the taxpayers who are forced to fund the council ,then its a perfect proposal . Cone on DENNETT , Dig into your deep pockets
 
Marc wrote
at 19:32:43 on 07 December 2018
Jeez! He uses the money for beneficial causes and people still aren’t happy!! Next year spend it on vanity projects cos you are going to get whiners whatever you do!
 
Budgie wrote
at 20:53:25 on 06 December 2018
Dig deep Dennett. Enough money to save Buille Hill Mansion from the greedy predators . Get it sorted .
 
Ian Sewart wrote
at 05:23:29 on 05 December 2018
There is a very rotten smell in this city , and it emanates like a sickness from the secretive Swinton Madhouse
 
bob wrote
at 05:23:05 on 05 December 2018
£33,000 has been handed to the Salford Foundation for one full time officer, working on fuel poverty. Lot of money for one person.
 
Bill Thomason wrote
at 05:22:22 on 05 December 2018
Thank you Mr.Dennett,I see it is money WELL spent. I & many others,no doubt,will be waiting to see what the outcome is, regarding the other Millions,please let it be good news. We have been let down so many,many times over recent years with greedy sleazy money grabbers ( our money ) please don`t be tarred with the same brush because each time it is in the news the political party concerned takes a step backwards then all faith is lost & when there is an election & a new political candidate comes along,then my thoughts are just "here comes another one" & that party certainly loses my vote & I would rather give it to a "loony tune". Don`t let us, or yourself down.
 
Gareth L wrote
at 05:21:56 on 05 December 2018
Although the Mayor may be putting the money into good causes and it may be a way of cutting red tape. There is still the accountability of a large amount out of the system. How are the recipients chosen? Is it just things the Mayor likes that will get money. It is also worrying that come election time a Mayor could use the money to win votes through "good works" for his/her campaign.
 
Save the Salford Star wrote
at 05:21:14 on 05 December 2018
Try giving some to the mansion in the park and give a few quid to the real voice of Salford the Salford Star
 
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