Posted by: westlancashirerecord | March 11, 2018

What Price Our SPIDs, And Who Pays?

Being interested in which local parishes are providing SPIDs  I asked WLBC “Which, if any, West Lancashire parish councils have been awarded WLBC grants, either wholly or in part, to assist them in the purchase of SPIDs and if any have been awarded a) what was the value of each grant b) what conditions applied to the funding c) what conditions if any apply to maintenance of the SPIDs d) what budget exists within WLBC for donations to parish councils for SPIDs and e) is any means testing used by WLBC to ascertain the value of parish council accounts before SPID grants are awarded? Please include any and all such requests for the past three years up to and including February 2018”.

WLBC replied “Thank you for your email of 15th February in which you requested information concerning grants to parish councils for SPIDs. There have been two Parish Councils successful in Capital Grant applications in the 3 year period to February 2018, for assistance with the purchase of SPIDs. Parbold  was paid a total amount of £4,844.50. Downholland  has to date been paid an amount of £1,945.22 (part payment).

“Capital Grant applications are subjected to a scoring criteria to ascertain which Parish Councils will be awarded the funding. The Borough Council is not responsible for the maintenance of these SPIDs. Instead it is expected that the Parish Council will maintain them and keep them in good order, but there are no specific requirements on this. A SPID capital application was received from Aughton Parish Council in February 2018, but no decision has been made on this application at this time”.

I added this reply to WLBC “Thank you for the information. You state “A SPID capital application was received from Aughton Parish Council in February 2018, but no decision has been made on this application at this time. Would you be kind enough to confirm the SPID capital amount requested by Aughton Parish Council?”

For information Parbold Parish Council last raised £33,637 total annual precept or £34.21per head, while Downholland Parish Council last raised £10,500 total annual precept or £32.18 per head. Aughton Parish Council last raised £56,903, only £16.29 per head. If this bid by Aughton succeeds by some sort of “scoring criteria” it won’t be the first time I have been ashamed of my parish council with its current cash and short term investments balance of £109,239!


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