Boost for rural partnerships

COUNCILLORS have agreed to a funding boost for rural partnerships in Aberdeenshire.

£206,000 will be shared between six administrative areas, with a further £3,000 to be distributed by each area manager.

The money will enable rural partnerships to have stability in their financing and also their staff.

The amount available for rural partnerships was boosted last month when the full council agreed to allocate a further £60,000 on top of a budget of £146,000.

The fund pays for the partnerships to promote community economic development by helping other groups in their area with information, project implementation, community engagement, capacity building and by encouraging the collaboration of local groups to develop sustainable economic development projects.

The partnerships also assist in the community planning process and have to submit annual reports to the council. Members of the infrastructure services committee agreed to allocate each of the six areas £34,333 for 2013-14.

Chairman Peter Argyle said: “This funding will enable Rural Partnerships to continue the good work they do in Aberdeenshire promoting community economic development.

“We will also be giving the Rural Partnerships indicative funding for the following financial year, to help give them further security as far as possible.”