£300,000 grant fund row

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Spending by Sheffield Council of £280,000 to administer a grant fund worth £300,000 has been criticised by members of the public.

The authority has published the results of consultation over its plans to replace community assemblies - which include a new way of distributing funding previously handed out by the assemblies.

The plans are set to be approved at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Wednesday.

Comments included: “Less should be spent on staff and more on grants.”

One resident called for grants to be managed by ‘existing staff’ to reduce administration costs.

“I found it profoundly shocking that almost 50 per cent of the budget should be spent on administration,” added another person.

The council said the cost also funds staff helping councillors with their ward work representing constituents.

Residents also called for grants to be divided according to population of wards - rather than, as the council plans, to base allocations on levels of deprivation.