Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 29TH JULY, 2013
REFERENCE FROM VOLUNTARY SECTOR JOINT LIAISON COMMITTEE : 10TH JULY, 2013
CONTINUITY AND CHANGE – WELSH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION (VOLUNTARY SECTOR REPORT) –
The Executive Director for the Vale Centre for Voluntary Services presented the report which informed the Committee of the current Welsh Government consultation entitled Continuity and Change – Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales. As background Members were advised that in January 2013 the Welsh Government had announced a process to refresh its relationship with the Third Sector in Wales in order to make this crucial relationship as strong and effective as possible. As part of the process key policy documents that underpinned the relationship would be reviewed and revised to bring them up to date, which included the following:
· The Voluntary Sector Scheme (last revised 2004)
· The Code of Practice for Funding the Third Sector in Wales (last revised 2009)
· The Third Sector Partnership Agreement.
The formal consultation would be used to inform Welsh Government’s thinking on a range of related issues. The Executive Director stated that it was important that partners took the time to respond to the consultation, the outcomes of which would have an impact across the whole of Welsh Government and the way in which the Third Sector was resourced and involved in service delivery.
In referring to the document which was attached as an Appendix to the report the Executive Director drew Members attention to the chapter on Compacts at chapter 6 which posed two questions namely:
· Do you consider that local Compacts have a continuing role in shaping the relationship between the Third and Public Sectors in Wales?
· Do you agree with the proposal to develop existing frameworks to impose greater control or influence over local Compacts and only introduce new statutory obligations if this approach fails over time?
It was noted that responses and comments needed to be submitted by 8th August 2013 in either online format, e-mailed to WGthirdsectorconsultation@wales.gsi.gov.uk or by post to the Third Sector and Community Policy Team, Welsh Government, Rhydycar Business Park, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1UZ.
The Executive Director advised Members that in her view the current local Compact between the Voluntary Sector and the Vale of Glamorgan Council worked well within the Vale and that this positive message should be conveyed to the Welsh Government.
The Committee concurred that the current Compact between the Vale and the Voluntary Sector worked well and that it was a well established formula which had been adopted for some time and which had strengthened and regularised the relationship between the Local Authority and the Third Sector. Members also agreed that as this local Compact currently existed, they did not see the necessity to introduce a statutory obligation although they acknowledged that the Welsh Government may wish to do so if it considered it was necessary to ensure that all councils and their Third Sector partners enjoyed a productive joint arrangement.
Having considered the report, it was subsequently
(1) T H A T the contents of the report be noted.
(2) T H A T, notwithstanding that individual comments and responses could be forwarded on the document as outlined above, Cabinet be requested to support the following views of the Committee and respond accordingly to Welsh Government by 8th August 2013:
· that the current Compact between the Vale and the Voluntary Sector worked well and that it was a well established formula which had been adopted for some time and which had strengthened and regularised the relationship between the Local Authority and the Third Sector,
· that, as the Vale Council currently had an agreed compact with the Voluntary Sector, the necessity for a statutory obligation was considered not to be appropriate,
· that Welsh Government be advised to consider the model operated in the Vale of Glamorgan if they wished to examine and publicise good practice.
Reasons for Recommendations
(1) Having regard to the contents of the report.
(2) To respond to Welsh Government and advise of the current Compact between the Vale Council and the Voluntary Sector and to offer an opportunity for other areas to develop good practice.
Attached as Appendix - Report to Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 10th July 2013