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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting:  17th June 2013

Report of the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sport Development

Local Authority Partnership Agreement

Purpose of the Report

1. The purpose of this report is to seek approval for grants to external organisations as part of the Local Authority Partnership Agreement the Council has with Sport Wales.

Recommendations

1. That the Director of Development Services be authorised to release funding to the external organisations detailed in the Local Authority Partnership Agreement for 2013/2014.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1. To increase physical activity opportunities in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Background

2. The Vale of Glamorgan Council receives £404,329 in funding from Sport Wales to deliver physical activity opportunities in the Vale of Glamorgan. Significant elements of this funding are ringfenced for Sport Wales initiatives delivered by the Council such as 5 x 60, Dragon Sport, Community Chest and free swimming. There is, however, an element of this funding for additional projects that will deliver further physical activity opportunities in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Relevant Issues and Options

3. Applications for this funding are considered by the Sports Development Team and a Sport Wales representative in the first instance. Subsequently, they are considered by the Local Authority Partnership Agreement Board which includes the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sport Development, the Director of Development Services, the Operational Manager, Leisure and Tourism as well as representatives from organisations with goals of increasing physical activity locally, such as Public Health Wales, Sport Wales and Parkwood Leisure.

4. The list of schemes proposed for 2013/2014 is attached at Appendix A and permission is now sought to release this funding.     

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5. There are no direct resource implications to the Council in releasing this funding, however, as the money is paid to the Council as a grant, formal Cabinet approval is required to release funds in accordance with the Council's financial regulations and standing orders. 

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

6. All organisations in receipt of grants are informed of the Council's commitment to sustainability and reduction in climate change.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7. The funding to be released to the scheme providers set out in Appendix A will be conditional upon the criteria and obligations set out in the respective Deeds of Grant and Service Level Agreements being met by the funding recipients.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8. Positive leisure opportunities are now proven to assist in the reduction of crime and disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9. All organisations in receipt of grants are committed to both the Council's and Sport Wales' equal opportunity objectives.   

Corporate/Service Objectives

10. The health and wellbeing of the population of the Vale of Glamorgan is a corporate priority which can be positively affected by increasing physical activity opportunities via the grants detailed in this report.

Policy Framework and Budget

11. This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12. No Ward Member consultation has taken place as the contents of this report are Vale- wide.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13. Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Dave Knevett, Operational Manager, Leisure and Tourism. Tel. 01446 704817.

 

Officers Consulted

Legal Services (Committee Report)

Principal Accountant

Sport and Play Manager

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Service

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