Ex­pand­ing JLC hikes spend­ing to over £3m

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

THE JEWISH Lead­er­ship Coun­cil’s spend­ing has rock­eted by around 400 per cent in three years as it con­tin­ues to ex­pand its role within the com­mu­nity.

Its ex­pen­di­ture leapt from £654,000 in 2011 to £3,270,000 in 2014, break­ing the £3 mil­lion bar­rier for the first time.

Spend­ing was up by nearly £500,000 from £2,782,000 in 2013, ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s newly pub­lished ac­counts.

The JLC’s bud­get is around £2 mil­lion more than the Board of Deputies’, whose spend­ing rose from £1,205,000 in 2013 to £1,365,000 in 2014.

The num­ber of JLC employees rose from 13 in 2013 to 17 last year, while the Board’s dropped from 15 to 14.

The high­est earn­ing JLC em­ployee was in the £140,000-£149,999 pay bracket last year, com­pared with £80,000£89,999 in 2013. The Board paid its most ex­pen­sive of­fi­cial be­tween £100,000 to £110,000 in 2014.

Whereas the JLC had just six employees three years ago, its staff has risen through the cre­ation of its sub-di­vi­sions, its Part­ner­ships for Jewish Schools body, and its lead­er­ship train­ing ini­tia­tive, Lead.

The JLC’s staff bill rose from £675,000 in 2013 to £835,000 in 2014, while over the same pe­riod the Board’s fell from £591,000 to £581,000.

Last year the coun­cil dished out £1,487,000 in grants in­clud­ing £684,000 for “cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion” to Is­rael ad­vo­cacy group Bi­com and £650,000 to­wards the re­de­vel­op­ment of the King Solomon High School cam­pus in Es­sex.

It also gave £41,500 to the Board of Deputies, £45,000 for “Friends of Is­rael” ac­tiv­i­ties and £30,000 to the Lon­don Jewish Fo­rum.

It has also amassed a fight­ing fund of more than £200,000 for its new “Dele­git Project”, which is in­tended to “counter the threat of dele­git­imi­sa­tion of the state of Is­rael in civil so­ci­ety”.

WhiletheJLC’sin­come­was£3,284,000 in 2014, that was eclipsed by the Board lastyear,whichen­joyed­in­com­ing­funds of £4,820,000 last year.

But the Board’s fund­ing bo­nanza was largely the re­sult of the sale of its cen­tral Lon­don head­quar­ters for £5.8 mil­lion. Once the cost of the move, rent­ing premises and staff re­dun­dan­cies are taken into ac­count, the Board was left with a net gain from the sale of £3,924,000.

If the pro­ceeds from the sale are ex­cluded, the Board’s in­come fell to £895,000 in 2014 from £1,167,000 the pre­vi­ous year and from £1,255,000 in 2011.

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