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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 10 February, 2014

 

Report of the Leader                  

 

External Funding Applications

 

Purpose of the Report

 

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

 

Recommendations

1.         That Cabinet supports the proposed use of the revenue Welsh Government grant available to 'Deliver Transformation: Supporting the Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill 2013-14';

2.         That Cabinet supports the proposed use of the Capital Coastal Access Improvement Grant for 2013/14 available via Natural Resource Wales acting as an agent for Welsh Government;

3.         That Cabinet authorises the acceptance of the Coastal Access Improvement Grant 2013/14 and its inclusion in the Capital Programme. 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To ensure Cabinet is aware of the proposed use of the delivering transformation grant to support Social Care and Health Joint Commissioning;

2.         To ensure Cabinet is aware of the proposed use of the Coastal Access Improvement Grant;

3.         To enable acceptance of the Coastal Access Improvement Grant including its inclusion in the Capital Programme.

 

Background

2.         Corporate Management Team previously agreed new procedures to improve the way in which the Council assess and co-ordinates 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 the risk to the Council.

 

Relevant Issues and Options

 

Delivering Transformation: Supporting the Implementation of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Bill 2013-14 

4.         Welsh Government require the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Councils and Cardiff and Vale UHB to set out how they intend to use the revenue ring fenced grant "Delivering Transformation: Supporting the Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill 2013-14, made available to support transformation of social services across the region.

5.         The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cardiff Council and Cardiff & Vale UHB, have a strong network of officers and groups focussed on transforming social care and health services, including the provision of integrated services where appropriate. The grant funding made available provides an opportunity to enhance these arrangements and contribute significantly to the national agenda.

6.         It is proposed the revenue grant funding of £195,404 available for 2013/14 is utilised to provide:

A dedicated Head of Service to undertake the role of 'Senior Responsible Officer' for the transformation agenda, working across all three organisations and contributing to the national agenda;

A team to support and co-ordinate the transformation work underway across the organisations;

Additional change capacity across the three organisations to backfill where staff take on additional responsibilities to deliver transformational change at regional or national levels and to minimise the need for making new, short term appointments;

Development work, including training, development of care pathways, options appraisals, pilot projects, research analysis, engagement events, promoting third sector, independent sector and social enterprises.   

7.         The grant is currently allocated for 2013/14 with the possibility of an extension until March 2016.     

    

Coastal Access Improvement Programme 2013-14

8.         The Coastal Access Improvement Programme is a capital grant scheme funded by the Welsh Government to deliver its commitment to increase public access to the coast of Wales for visitors and local people. The programme is project managed by Natural Resources Wales. Local Authorities lead the development and delivery of local improvement programmes.

9.         The programme originally ran over a 6 year period ending in 2013 and supported provision of the Wales Coastal Path which was opened on 6th May 2012. The programme has since been extended by a further two years in order to further support development of the Wales Coastal Path.

10.      The funding to be utilised in the current financial year to support the following projects:

Legal diversion onto walked line/Bay caravan park                  £1,750

Legal creation at Little Island & Nell's Point/ Barry Island       £3,500

Diversion Order and ground works/Gilestone                            £2,800

Legal diversion onto walked route/Llantwit Beach                    £3,500

Move stone stiles to safer location/Sully                                     £1,400

Surface improvements/Atlantic College                                      £8,960

Surface improvements/Rhoose Point                                          £8,960

Surface Improvements/Cwm Colhuw                                          £4,200

Creation Order, minoe groundworks/Captain's Wife                 £3,010

Realignment Study/Ogmore                                                                      £21,000

Total                                                                                       £59,080

11.      Discussions are progressing regarding Covered Community Links and it is anticipated a further £7,500 will be made available to secure access to Summerhouse Point near Boverton.  

 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

12.      The Welsh Government revenue allocation of £195,040 will enable service remodelling across social care and health to be achieved at a time when the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cardiff Council and Cardiff & Vale UHB are facing significant financial pressures.

13.      The grant has been allocated for the current financial year (2013/14), with a possible extension of the grant regime until March 2016.

14.      The Coastal Access Improvement Grant 2013/14 is a capital scheme administered through Natural Resources Wales acting as agent for the Welsh Government. £59,080 of Capital funding has been made available for the current financial year to help local authorities deliver and develop a range of local improvement programmes which will support access to the coast of Wales.    

 

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

15.      The Council is obliged to maintain a Rights of Way network and this grant assists in performing that duty. The Council have a duty to maintain existing public rights of way recorded on the Definitive Map. The grant enables a range of coastal access improvement which will put paths on a more sustainable footing. 

 

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

16.      Both grant regimes are subject to normal grant conditions requiring delivery in accordance with grant approvals.

 

Crime and Disorder Implications

17.      None

 

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

18.      The Welsh Government grant available to facilitate the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing Bill (Wales) will enable care and support services to be reviewed and developed across both local authorities, with better outcomes for a range of service users including Children with Complex Needs because of Disability, Adults with a Learning Disability, Older People and Adults with Mental Health Problems.  

19.      Improvements to coastal paths will benefit local communities through improved recreational and tourism opportunities. Formalisation of non-existent or informal link to comprise the Wales Coastal Path will further benefit communities, visitors and the public at large.

20.      Many sections of the Vale's Coastal path will be accessible by young families, disabled and other people with mobility problems.

 

Corporate/Service Objectives

21.      The Delivering Transformation grant will support the delivery of a number of Corporate objectives including 'Children and young people in the Vale are well informed and supported to access a range of quality services that enable them to take advantage of the life opportunities available in their local communities and beyond'.

22.      The Coastal access improvement grant will meet the priority objective 3 'Vale residents and organisations respect the environment and work together to meet the challenge of climate change'.      

 

Policy Framework and Budget

23.      This is a matter for Executive decision by Cabinet.

 

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

24.      The proposed use of the delivering transformation grant was subject to consultation with senior managers in the three statutory organisations (Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cardiff Council and Cardiff & Vale UHB) and the third sector umbrella organisations in the Vale and Cardiff.

25.      The Local Access Forum, an advisory body set up in each Local Authority to advise as to the improvement of public access to land in their area for the purposes of open air recreation and employment has been consulted and supported the proposed use of the grant funding available through the coastal access improvement grant.   

26.      The proposed use of both grant regimes was approved by corporate management team in the Council.   

 

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

27.      Corporate resources.

 

Background Papers

External Funding Proforma - Social Care & Health Joint Commissioning/Service Remodelling Unit 

Report proposal to Welsh Government: Supporting the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill - Delivering Transformation. 

External Funding Proforma - Coastal Access Improvement Grant 2013/14.

 

Contact Officer

Mike Jones, Business Manager (Partnerships)

 

Officers Consulted

Phil Evans - Director of Social Services 

Gwyn Teague - Public Rights of Way Officer

Gemma Jones - Accountant

Carolyn Michael - Principal Accountant

 

Responsible Officer:

 

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development

 

 

 

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