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Sheffield Council Pays £7,000 To Wrong Housing Association

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http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-council-pays-7-000-to-wrong-association-1-6828535

Blundering Sheffield Council staff paid more than £7,000 to the wrong residents’ association – one the authority itself has derecognised, The Star can reveal.

The payment was mistakenly made to Batemoor New Tenants’ and Residents’ Association – which had its city council connection stripped earlier this year amid concerns over its financial affairs.

But it was meant to have been paid to Batemoor Estate Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, which was created in April and has recently had a bank account set up.

A letter seen by The Star says the levy payment went to the wrong group because of a ‘coding error’ and it was not possible to stop the payment as it goes directly into the group’s bank account.

The money has not yet been repaid, the council has confirmed.

Coun Andrew Sangar, Sheffield’s opposition Liberal Democrat spokesman for finance, said: “This case really beggars belief, with some staggering incompetence.

It's more like a Monty Python sketch. Someone really thought hard about a new name with that one didn't they!!!

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Whoops.

So what were they giving them the money for?

They'll get money to do up public spaces, hold events, maybe do up a community hall.

All the things that really make a difference to life on a council estate and make it a better place to live.

If you have an active residents' association there is much less ASB such as vandalism and petty crime and people's lives are genuinely improved.

One problem is that they rely upon a few key individuals, usually older, to devote their time and energy to the association and if their health deteriorates that may be the end of the association.

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They'll get money to do up public spaces, hold events, maybe do up a community hall.

All the things that really make a difference to life on a council estate and make it a better place to live.

If you have an active residents' association there is much less ASB such as vandalism and petty crime and people's lives are genuinely improved.

One problem is that they rely upon a few key individuals, usually older, to devote their time and energy to the association and if their health deteriorates that may be the end of the association.

No, I know what TRA groups do. Having been involved in one years ago that applied successfully for many grants.

I did wonder if it was for a house as office space. The TRA with an 'office' used to have about that much a year easily from the central pot. Which meant there was less money for the groups who just wanted stamps and paper.

External funders are really careful about who they pay money too. Councils by the looks of it, are not.

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No, I know what TRA groups do. Having been involved in one years ago that applied successfully for many grants.

I did wonder if it was for a house as office space. The TRA with an 'office' used to have about that much a year easily from the central pot. Which meant there was less money for the groups who just wanted stamps and paper.

External funders are really careful about who they pay money too. Councils by the looks of it, are not.

Ah, got you.

Yes £7k is rather a lot.

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http://www.sheffieldhelpyourself.org.uk/full_search_new.asp?group=26895

Probably easily confused as the listing here is the old one.
"Earlier this year the council said ‘inclusiveness and discrepancy in accounts’ kept by the New Batemoor TARA had led to the decision to derecognise it as an official group acting on behalf of the community.

But it added that no evidence of inappropriate behaviour had been found after an investigationinto allegations of misconduct."

So was it just poor book keeping?
And if so why was a new group set up?
How does democracy work in Sheffield? The council ignore groups they don't like?

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