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Nancy Grayson, of Westminster Tenants' and Residents' Association, is unhappy about how funds are being split

Nancy Grayson, of Westminster Tenants' and Residents' Association, is unhappy about how funds are being split

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Community groups in some areas of Sheffield are to be offered 10 times more cash than others.

Sheffield Council has revealed details of a new grants scheme to replace funds handed out by the old Community Assemblies.

All 28 wards are receiving £2,000 over the next year, plus a share of £244,000.

Ecclesall will receive £1, 570, while Fulwood will get £1,992 and £2,274 is allocated to Dore and Totley.

But £17,664 is being given to Manor Castle, £17,394 for Firth Park and £15,359 for Burngreave.

Nancy Grayson, of Westminster Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, in Fulwood ward, said: “While I think deprived areas should get more, the money should be more equally spread.

“People think in areas like this we have plenty of money, but we are the last to be considered for anything and have to raise funding ourselves.”

Fulwood Liberal Democrat councillor Andrew Sangar said: “While the majority of residents in Fulwood pay over £1,000 a year in council tax, Labour politicians are offering less than 30p per person in return.”

Meanwhile, Stocksbridge is receiving a £6,094 share. Sarah Cowley, of the 4SLC campaign to save Stocksbridge Leisure Centre, said: “We’re a forgotten valley. Burngreave has had plenty of money before. We could lose the advice centre and library and have no play areas for children.”

Coun Jillian Creasy, Green party member for Central ward, said the council’s plans ‘took no account of the size of wards.’ Her area, which is to receive £10,000, is bigger than Manor Castle.

The council said funding allocations are based on deprivation ‘in line with recommendations of the Sheffield Fairness Commission to reduce inequalities’.

The council is consulting on its plans until Monday, June 3. To have your say, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/in-your-area/community-assemblies.

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