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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 7 October, 2013

 

Report of the Leader

 

Christmas Grants 2013

 

Purpose of the Report

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

Recommendations

That:

1.         The sum to be made available to each Town / Community Council for Christmas CASH funding 2013 be increased to £475.

2.         The per capita sum to be made available to pensioner and similar organisations for Christmas Lunches 2013 be increased to £4.25

Reasons for the Recommendations

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

Background

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 1840 01.10.12 refers).

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         In respect of Christmas CASH, the sum made available to Town / Community Council's last year and the year before was £450. The total cost of this grant is £11,700 per annum.

4.         In respect of pensioner and similar organisations Christmas lunches, the sum made available last year and the year before was £4 per capita. The total cost of this grant is approximately £9,000 per annum.

5.         The responsibility for approving the allocation of CASH grants has been delegated to the Director of Resources in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.         Financial provision has been made for grants within the policy revenue budget 2013/14.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.         There are no sustainability and climate change implications.

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

Accountant

Finance, ICT & Property

Tel: 01446 709250

Officers Consulted

None.

Responsible Officer:

Managing Director

 

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