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Some odd perspectives on council spending and accountability

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When South Tyneside Council grants cash to voluntary organisations, ever wondered how it is looked after?

Just musing here about how accountable certain organisations are when operating under the umbrella of South Tyneside Borough Council (or other such councils for that matter), did you know for instance that:

  • South Tyneside Council has no complaints procedure in place after it makes the granting of funds to a voluntary organisation, and that the organisation concerned is expected to have such policies in place to deal with complaints.
  • When BT South Tyneside, the council’s strategic partner, makes a payment to a voluntary organisation it is accountable to South Tyneside Council and that the council is then accountable to the electorate.
  • Some voluntary organisations’ management teams or committees are attended by an observer of South Tyneside Council, who may not necessarily be required to make a report or record minutes that members of the public may scrutinise.

I offer this purely as news for you to consider and ponder over, seems to me a very odd way to steward the money of council tax payers, especially in times of financial restrain when every penny will count.

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Written by curly

June 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

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  1. I am involved with a voluntary organisation that receives a substantial grant from the local council for which we are very grateful. In order to get this money we are required to produce verifiable evidence about what we do and how it benefits the local community. We have a board of Trustees, including a Treasurer and two Councillors and our accounts are audited and presented at an Annual General Meeting open to residents of South Tyneside.
    If any member of the public has a complaint about the services we provide there is a clear procedure where the matter is promptly dealt with and of course right of appeal.
    I imagine most other organisations who get funding have to demonstate similar accountability.
    Even a local pensioner’s group getting a small grant from the CAF has to demonstrate that it is run properly. Don’t know what your beef is Curly. Whose money do you want to cut off?


    June 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    • I don’t have a beef with any organisation in particular, I’d just like to see some greater systemic accountability.


      June 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

  2. My only comment is that they refused Biddick Hall “Residents Association” a grant …would they have been given observer status there ??

    David Robinson

    June 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

  3. Anyone know what happened to Stride’s accounts?


    June 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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