Budgets to be increased for councillors

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More money will be spent on helping community clubs and groups after Suffolk County Council agreed to raise locality budgets for councillors.

Each councillor will now be allocated £12,000 each year to donate to organisations in need in their area.

Peter Beer, county councillor for Great Cornard, said the new figure represented a rise of around £2,000.

“I am very pleased we have been given bigger budgets as it means I can spend more helping people in Great Cornard,” he said.

Mr Beer said he spent all of last year’s budget in the village and had recently given £653 towards funding a replacement portable building for Cornard Cricket Club.