Four local good causes have received a boost with awards totalling over £1,400 to support their work, after the latest round of donations from Foster’s Fund, a scheme set up by Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster.
Foster’s Fund is based on a pledge made by Torbay’s MP when he was first elected to parliament in 2015. He pledged to not only oppose the 10% pay rise proposed for MPs at the time, but to reject it via donations to local charities if IPSA implemented it despite his objections. Kevin renewed this pledge at the last General Election in December 2019 and has promised to continue Foster’s Fund until at least the end of the current parliament. Since 2009 MPs have not voted on their own pay, with Kevin also adding last year’s 2.7% rise for MPs (Determined by IPSA, the independent body who decides MPs’ pay) to the amount donated each month.
The latest round of awards saw the following donations made: Torbay Neighbourhood Watch (£400), the Happy Hub (£300), Artizan Collective (£400) and Tessier Gardens Friends Group (£328.56). The four projects being funded include the Feel Safe Scheme from our local Neighbourhood Watch, providing safe happy spaces, supplying art packs at the Paignton Paint Out and supporting work to enhance Tessier Gardens.
Kevin said: “Foster’s Fund is not only about keeping my election promise to residents, but a way of highlighting and supporting some of the great work being done by so many across our bay to support local people.”
Details about Foster’s Fund, along with details of how to apply, can be found by visiting www.kevinjfoster.com/fosters-fund or by telephoning 01803 214 989. By law any award from Foster’s Fund must be paid into the bank account of a registered charity. To be eligible for Foster’s Fund the project being funded must be based, or aiming to do most of its work, in Kevin’s Constituency.
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