Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting 5 October 2011


Report of the Leader


Christmas Grants 2011


Purpose of the Report

1.             To seek the views of Cabinet on the award of grants as above.



1.             The sum to be made available to each Town / Community Council for Christmas CASH funding 2011 be increased to £450.

2.             The per capita sum to be made available to pensioner and similar organisations for Christmas Lunches 2011 be increased to £4.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1 - 2   To award grants in accordance with the approved scheme.



2.             In previous years Town / Community Councils have been requested to submit suitable "Christmas feature" projects for CASH funding, and pensioner and similar organisations have been invited to apply for financial assistance towards provision of a Christmas lunch for their members. (Cabinet minute 1066 29.09.10 refers).

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             In respect of Christmas CASH, the sum made available to Town / Community Council's in each of the last three years was £400 per Council. The total cost of this grant is £10,400 per annum.

4.             In respect of pensioner and similar organisations Christmas lunches, the sum made available in each of the last three years was £3.50p per capita. The total cost of this grant is approximately £8,000 per annum.

5.             It is proposed that the grant to Town/Community Council's as above be increased to £450, and the grant to pensioners and similar organisations as above be increased to £4, both increases to reflect inflation over the period since the grants were last increased.

6.             The responsibility for approving the allocation of CASH grants has been delegated to the Director of Finance, ICT & Property in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

7.             Financial provision has been made for grants within the policy revenue budget 2011/12.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.             There are no direct legal implications arising from this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.             The funding of the voluntary sector should assist in increasing social inclusion and reducing crime.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.        The core eligibility criteria, provided to all applicants, provides that all organisations seeking funding must actively promote equal opportunities in their operations and service delivery.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.        The proposals are in accordance with the corporate priorities of the Council.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.        This is a matter for Executive decision by the Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.        No consultation has taken place.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.        Corporate Resources

Background Papers

Grant application forms.


Contact Officer

Mr AD Williams


Finance, ICT & Property

Tel: 01446 709250


Officers Consulted



Responsible Officer:

Director of Finance, ICT & Property