Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting 15 February 2012


Report of the Leader


Grants to Community / Voluntary Organisations - Vale Volunteer Bureau  


Purpose of the Report

1.             To seek the approval of Cabinet on the award of further funding to the Vale Volunteer Bureau (VVB).



1.             Cabinet approve grant funding to the Vale Volunteer Bureau in the sum of £32,500 per annum, payable annually in advance, for three years commencing 1April 2012.

2.             A Deed of Grant for three years from 1April 2012 be entered into with the Vale Volunteer Bureau.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1-2    To formalise funding arrangements with the VVB.


2.             VVB acts as the "umbrella" organisation promoting volunteering within the Council's area.

3.             The bureau's current Deed of Grant with the Council, providing funding in the sum of £35,000 per annum, will come to an end at 31 March 2012.

4.             The bureau has requested ongoing funding from this Council for a further period of three years.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             Meetings have been held with representatives of the bureau at which the severe financial constraints facing the Council have been explained.

6.             Mindful of the above it has been concluded that further funding could be provided in the sum of £32,500 per annum for three years commencing 1 April 2012.

7.             The bureau has been written to in this regard. A copy of their response together with the Council's letter in reply is reproduced at Appendix "A" to this report. 

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

8.             It is anticipated that funding will be found from within the corporate policy revenue budget.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             There are no direct legal implications arising from this report. Should grant funding be approved an appropriate agreement will be necessitated and will be prepared by the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services in consultation with the Director of Finance, ICT and Property to ensure formalisation of the terms and conditions to be agreed with the VVB.

Crime and Disorder Implications

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

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        Whilst there are none directly arising from this report, the VVB strongly advocates equality of opportunity in its operations and service delivery.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        Funding support to the VVB is in accordance with the Council's corporate objectives.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        This is a matter for executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        This is a matter for executive decision.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Corporate Resources

Background Papers

Letter from DoF, ICT & P to VVB dated 20.12.11


Contact Officer

Mr AD Williams


Finance, ICT & Property

Tel: 01446 709250


Officers Consulted

Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services


Responsible Officer:

Director of Finance, ICT & Property