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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting 29th February 2012

 

Report of the Leader

 

Grants to Community / Voluntary Organisations - Vale of Glamorgan Citizens Advice Bureau    

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To seek the approval of Cabinet on the award of further funding to the Vale of Glamorgan Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

Recommendations

That:

1.             Cabinet approve grant funding to the Vale of Glamorgan Citizens Advice Bureau in respect of its services. The grant to be in the sum of £162,000 per annum, payable annually in advance, for the three years commencing 1st April 2012.

2.             A Deed of Grant for three years from 1st April 2012 be entered into with the Vale of Glamorgan Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To demonstrate the Council's commitment to the provision of the CAB services in the Vale of Glamorgan.

2.             To formalise funding arrangements with the CAB

Background

2.             The CAB's one year funding agreement in the sum of £162,000 will end on 31st March 2012. 

3.             Funding in recent years prior to the above has been made in the sum of £180,000 2007/8, £160,000 2008/9, £150,000 2009/10, and £162,000 2010/11.

4.             The organisation wishes to secure ongoing funding from this Council via a further         agreement.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             The aims of the CAB are:

·                to provide the advice people need for the problems they face

·                to improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives.

It has the following stated principles:

·                The Citizens Advice service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.

6.             Having regard to the economic situation and the demands on the service, it has been concluded that funding could be continued in the sum of £162,000 per annum, unchanged from that last year.

7.             The minimum advice and gateway service to be provided is as set below:

A Gateway system ensuring that:

·               Information is readily available to those who are able to use it to resolve their problem/s

·               Undertakes a time limited assessment of the presenting problem/s in order that the next step/s that need to be taken can be determined

·               Provides further advice or undertakes casework by appointment with a CAB advisor or by referral to another agency

Advice Services

 

Service run from Barry office

A 5 day / week, 7 hour daily service run from the main office in Broad St., Barry.

Service available:

·               Face to face gateway sessions

·               Face to face appointments

·               Telephone gateway sessions

·               Telephone appointments

·               Casework (including representation & negotiation)

 

Service run from Outreach Office - Llantwit Major

A 2 hour / day, 2 days per week, session run by one advisor (with volunteer support) - currently from Llantwit Youth Centre, Llantwit Major.

Service available:

·               Face to face gateway sessions

·               Face to face appointments

 

Service run from Outreach Office - Penarth

A 3 hour / day, 2 days per week, session run by one advisor (with volunteer support) - currently from either West House or Albert Road, Penarth.

Service available:

·               Face to face gateway sessions

·               Face to face appointments

 

Service run from Outreach Office - St. Athan

A 2 hour / day, 2 days per week, session run by one advisor (with volunteer support) - from either the community centre or St. Athan camp.

Service available:

·               Face to face gateway sessions

·               Face to face appointments

 

Peripatetic Advice Worker

A part-time advice worker available to attend pre-booked appointments across the Vale, reaching clients that are unable to access our service. Attending client's homes or any other available safe venues. Advice worker would also attend community events around the Vale to staff advice stands/give talks etc.

Potential to deal with 400 clients per month (based on 49 full weeks of opening per year) via this service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potential to deal with 36 clients per month. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potential to deal with 36 clients per month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potential to deal with 36 clients per month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provides coverage across whole of the Vale including harder to access rural areas and clients - some of whom are the most in need; full range of casework services available.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change as appropriate)

8.             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 further 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 CAB.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.        The CAB helps to empower consumers to combat issues arising from crime and disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        Whilst there are none directly arising from this report, the CAB strongly advocates equal opportunities in its service delivery. The overall aim of the organisation is to ensure individuals do not suffer from their rights and responsibilities or from the service available to them, or through an inability to express their needs effectively and equally.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        Funding support to the CAB is in accordance with the Council's corporate priorities.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        This is a matter for executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        No consultation has taken place as the subject matter of the report is not ward specific.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Corporate Resources

Background Papers

None

 

Contact Officer

Mr AD Williams

Accountant

Finance, ICT & Property

Tel: 01446 709250

Officers Consulted

None

Responsible Officer:

Director of Finance, ICT & Property

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