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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 18 November, 2013

 

Report of the Leader

 

External Funding Applications

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To inform Cabinet of external funding applications submitted/allocated to maximise the amount of external funding sought/utilised to support the delivery of corporate objectives.   

Recommendations

1.         That Cabinet authorises the submission of a Flying Start Capital application to Welsh Government and its inclusion in the Capital programme.  

2.         That Cabinet authorises the acceptance of the revenue grant of £224,000 as lead body for the Youth Crime Prevention Fund.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To recognise the ongoing responsibilities of the Council as lead body for the Flying Start grant and its inclusion within the Capital programme.    

2.         To ensure the acceptance and utilisation of revenue grant funding and recognition of the Council's ongoing responsibilities as lead body for the Youth Crime Prevention Fund.

 

Background

2.         Corporate Management Team previously agreed new procedures to improve the way in which the Council assesses and coordinates its bids for external funding.

3.         An External Funding Framework covers the practicalities of maximising external funding opportunities to meet corporate objectives. The framework highlights the criteria that potential applicants must address and those applying for external funding to minimise risk to the Council.   

 

Relevant Issues and Options

Flying Start Capital Application (Appendix A)

 

4.         Flying Start is a Welsh Government (WG) grant for children aged 0-4 years in a specific geographical area. The primary aim of Flying Start is to improve outcomes for children in the most deprived communities across Wales. Targeted investment is dedicated to offer free part time, quality childcare for two to three year olds, enhanced Health visitor support, parenting programmes and basic skills including the language and play programme.

5.         Flying Start was initiated in 2007 and the second phase began in April 2012. The first phase of the Flying Start project in the Vale of Glamorgan was based in the three wards of Cadoc, Gibbonsdown and Court. These areas were determined by the schools in the Vale with the highest rates of free school meal provision i.e. Oakfield, Jenner Park and Cadoxton Primary Schools. These Ward areas include the largest area of social housing in the Vale of Glamorgan and account for half of the referrals received by Children and Young People Services.

6.         The second phase of the project was expansion into the ward of Castleland in 2012/13. In line with the criteria, these wards were selected on scales of deprivation including Benefit data, child protection rates and housing information. The Welsh Government has announced a commitment to the scheme and indicative funding until 2015. Within the Vale of Glamorgan a further 121 children became eligible for the core services offered, taking the total to 1,200. Cabinet authorised on 22nd April 2013 (Minute C1309 ) the acquisition of a legal estate or interest for childcare accommodation giving delegated authority to the Director of Resources in consultation with the Director of Social Services to negotiate and agree heads of terms thereof and further gave specific delegated authority to the Head of Legal Services to negotiate, settle and execute requisite legal documentation to achieve this objective.     

7.         The total number of children eligible has risen incrementally from 627 in the initial pilot phase. This is anticipated to grow further, however to date only the Capital funding is being consulted upon. A separate Cabinet report will be submitted with regard to the revenue element in 2015/16 onwards when information has been received and analysed from Welsh Government.

8.         However, due to the deadline for Capital applications to Welsh Government, permission is being sought to enable a Capital application to be submitted by the deadline of 22nd November 2013 to meet the childcare element to provide venues that meet the appropriate standards in relevant geographical areas.

9.         It is proposed a Capital bid be submitted to develop/improve appropriate venues for the increase in the new wards identified for expansion in 2015/16. The Ward areas must relate to the areas identified through the Lower Super Output data (LSOA) and currently this would include Gibbonsdown 4 (Elizabeth Avenue/Poets Corner area of the Colcot).  The most recent LSOA data (October 2013) has also highlighted two other areas for consideration namely Illtyd 2 and Buttrills 2.   

10.      It is not envisaged that facilities within the two newly highlighted areas will require significant capital spend as third sector provision exists within existing community centres, however the outside areas may require updating, to enable quality childcare provision with sufficient outdoor area as required by both WG guidance and CSSIW regulations. No new acquisition of property will be necessary.                    

11.      Discussions have commenced with the estates team within the Council and the Learning and Skills Directorate with a view to identifying suitable Council owned accommodation.  A Flying Start Expansion Project Board has been established and actions have been identified to enable the Council to be in a position to submit a Capital bid by the 22nd November 2013.  It is intended the draft bid will be available for circulation to Cabinet members on 22nd November 2013 when further queries can be addressed.

Acceptance of Revenue Grant - Youth Crime Prevention Fund  (Appendix B)

12.      The principles of the Youth Crime Prevention Fund are to support implementation of the principles of the All Wales Youth Offending Strategy (AWYOS) published jointly by the Assembly Government and the Youth Justice Board (YJB) in July 2004.

13.      During 2013/14 the Welsh Government will allocate funding to the Vale Youth Offending Service, for projects aimed at reduction and prevention of youth crime and disorder and to identify children and young people at risk of offending and to provide appropriate programmes to re-engage and divert these children and young people, aged 8-18, away from offending behaviour.

14.      The Welsh Government is committed to regional working. In 2013/14 emphasis has been placed on the need to work collectively across local authority areas within the local health board areas where possible. This has resulted in a requirement to develop a business case for work across Cardiff and the Vale. The Welsh Government has approved use of the grant funding on the basis of the business case agreed by senior representatives of Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Council and the YOS Management Board.

15.      The resources in 2013/14 will be used to fund the following established services:

16.      £99,000 to be used to fund the youth offending service to prevent and/or reduce the risk of engagement in anti social and offending behaviour with young people;

17.      £70,000 to be used to fund the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service to provide targeted individual and structured community intervention programmes for those young people referred to the serve at evenings, weekends and with family and peer groups. The service works closely with the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit and YOS to report any additional support needs required by these young people.

18.      £35,000 as a contribution towards the cost of the ASB unit concerning the cost of supporting youth-related anti social behaviour. The allocation covers the proportion of work and co-ordination carried out by the unit for all referrals for under 18s.    

19.      An additional £20,000 is being utilised to support neighbourhood resolution panels.                                        

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

20.      Application for a Flying Start Capital grant will be made to enable the development or improvement of appropriate venues to increase the new wards identified for Flying Start expansion in 2015/16.

21.      Revenue allocation as part of the Youth Crime Prevention Fund will be utilised to fund a range of initiatives aimed at the reduction and prevention of youth crime and disorder.   

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

22.      Expansion of the Flying Start programme will support the sustainable development of deprived communities in the Vale of Glamorgan.   

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

23.      Legal documents will be required to be completed in relation to any property interest or estate granted to support the provision of Flying Start.

24.      Repayment of all or part of the Welsh Government Capital Grant is required in respect of any building, facility or equipment acquired and subsequently disposed of or which ceases to be used for or be available for use as part of the Flying Start Programme within a period of five years after the final payment of funding.  

Crime and Disorder Implications

25.      The expansion of the Flying Start programme will help improve opportunities for children with the greatest need in the Vale. 

26.      Youth Crime Prevention Fund resources will be utilised to fund a range of initiatives aimed at the reduction and prevention of youth crime and disorder.   

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

27.      The Flying Start grant will provide a range of support to help families give children a better start in life including childcare and speech and language therapy.  

Corporate/Service Objectives

28.      The Flying Start and Youth Crime Prevention grants support the Council to address a number of corporate objectives, for example Improvement Objective 4 'to ensure every child has a flying start in life'.

Policy Framework and Budget

29.      This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

30.      Officers within the Council, the Children and Young People's Partnership, Early Years Development Children's Partnership, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services, Communities First and the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board are involved in the scoping and development of the Capital submission to Welsh Government.

31.      The Cabinet Member for Children's Services is engaged in the search for suitable accommodation for Flying Start expansion in 2015/16.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

32.      Corporate Resources

Background Papers

External Funding Proforma - Flying Start

External Funding Proforma - Youth Crime Prevention Fund

 

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development 

 

Officers Consulted

Rachel Evans, Head of Children and Young People Services

Antonia Bridges, Flying Start Manager

Paula Barnett, YOS Manager

Irene Thornton, Senior Lawyer

Clive Teague, Head of Financial Services

 

Responsible Officer

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development 

 

 

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