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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 13th April 2015

 

Leader of the Council

 

External Funding: Barry Legacy Project, Inspiring the Vale Bursaries, Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities.

Purpose of the Report

1.          To inform Cabinet of three externally funded projects being progressed, and to seek approval for the work being undertaken and acceptance of the grants and conditions.

Recommendations

1.          That Cabinet notes the use of the Managing Director's emergency powers to approve the use of additional funding received from the Welsh Government Tackling Poverty programme to support the Barry Legacy Project. 

2.          That Cabinet authorises continuation of the Inspiring the Vale Bursaries programme.

3.          That Cabinet notes the use of the Managing Director's emergency powers to approve acceptance of the Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities funding and the proposed use of the grant. 

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.     Due to the urgency involved in bidding for, accepting and using the funding before the end of the financial year, the use of emergency powers was required to allow additional funding from the Welsh Government Tackling Poverty programme to be used to fund part of the Barry Legacy Project.

2.     To enable the work of the Inspiring the Vale Bursaries programme to continue.

3.     Due to the urgency involved in accepting and using the allocation before the end of the financial year, the use of emergency powers was required to allow additional funding from the Welsh Government to be used to assist with securing sufficient play opportunities, as directed by the Play Sufficiency Duty.

Background

2.          The Barry Legacy Project is a two year enterprise that follows the Welsh Government funded Barry Regeneration Programme which ran from 2010-2014. The Welsh Government has accepted a bid under its Tackling Poverty programme to support the delivery of the Barry Parks Enhancement Programme under the 2014/15 planned Barry Legacy Project. Notice of the funding available was short and it had to be spent by the end of March 2015.

3.          The Inspiring the Vale Bursaries project is funded through the Waterloo Foundation. The project was set up to provide bursaries for individuals and groups of young people aged 30 or under intending to start a new business or community enterprise in the Vale of Glamorgan. The project was funded for one year from August 1st 2014. Six months into the programme a total of 14 successful applicants have been supported, with a further 11 applicants currently applying for grants.  

4.          Due to a budget underspend, Welsh Government allocated a sum of funding to all local authorities across Wales to assist with securing sufficient play opportunities, as directed by the Play Sufficiency Duty. Notice of the funding available was short and it had to be spent by the end of March 2015.

Relevant Issues and Options

Barry Legacy Project

 

5.          A project application form was submitted to Welsh Government to indicate what schemes in Barry the Vale of Glamorgan Council already has in the programme for delivery by the end of March 2015. An application for £467,000 was submitted to Welsh Government to support a number of schemes under the project. On the 13th March 2015 a letter from Welsh Government was received approving £94,000 of funding for delivery of the Barry Parks Enhancement Programme aspect of the project. The funding will be utilised to support the works being undertaken in Alexandra Gardens, Knap Gardens and Victoria Gardens.

6.          The application was considered and supported by the External Funding Steering Group in March 2015, with the short timescales involved in accepting and using the funding noted by the group. The Managing Director, Director of Development Services and the Leader of the Council were notified of the application and proposed uses of the grant prior to submission.

Inspiring the Vale Bursaries

7.          The Council has been invited to apply for funding to extend the project by a further year to August 2016. The approved costs of the Inspiring the Vale Bursaries programme are £104,220; £80,000 of which is a grant allocation from the Waterloo Foundation. This is matched by £24,220 from the Vale of Glamorgan Council, £8,000 in cash and £16,220 in kind.

8.          Grants issued to young people through the project to date total £33,252. Those not successful in their applications have received support to further develop their business ideas. Applicants can apply for up to £3,000 (80%) of the project with match funding at 20%. Funding is also used to support the provision of business mentoring and the delivery of workshops that aim to equip young applicants with specialist knowledge to further the success of their businesses.

 Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities

9.          Welsh Government funding to increase play opportunities has been allocated to 11 projects in the Vale of Glamorgan that were identified as deliverable within the short timeframe of the funding stream. The funding allocated to the Vale of Glamorgan totals £63,103, distributed as follows:

  •  Purchase of fixed play equipment -  £29,203
  • Expand the play-to-go resource kits to include more sensory and outdoor play kits - £7,000
  • purchase mobile hoists and slings for use during playschemes and Teen schemes - £5,500
  • Organisation of a Family Fun Day and Play Consultation event at Ysgol Y Deri Special School for disabled pupils and their families - £4,000
  • Increase play opportunities for children and families in identified areas where they are experiencing play deprivation by purchasing wheelie bins filled with play equipment for community use - £3,800
  • Provide 60 childcare organisations with access to loose parts from Recreate Scrap Resource Centre - £3,300
  • Delivery of 2 days of Teenscheme to offer play opportunities to disabled young people aged 12+ years - £3,250  
  • Support Town and Community Councils in providing localised play opportunities by purchasing consumable play resources for use during playschemes and Family Fun Days - £2,000
  • Delivery of a 2 day awareness course to support professionals working with children and young people with mental health issues - £1,500
  • Delivery of 'Dealing with Challenging Behaviour' course by the Touch Trust - £1,350
  • Improve access to parks and open spaces in the Communities First area of Gibbonsdown by introducing dropped kerbs around park area - £1,200
  • Support the provision of play opportunities and play consultation during the Vale Young Carers Family Fun Day - £1,000 

10.       The application was considered and supported by the External Funding Steering Group in March 2015, with the short timescales involved in accepting and using the funding noted. The Director of Development Services and Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services were notified of the proposed uses of the grant allocation prior to acceptance.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

11.       Use of external funding for the Barry Parks Enhancement Programme under the Barry Legacy Project via this route will allow some increase to the capital programme.   

12.       The implications of external funding not being accepted for the Inspiring the Vale Bursaries programme would result in a £60,000 grant deficit in the Vale of Glamorgan. This translates as 25 fewer businesses being given the funds to be able to start trading.

13.       Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities Funding was offered to the local authority as a last minute funding stream due to an underspend in Welsh Government budgets. As the grant will be used at short notice, the funding has no staffing implications.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

14.       The Barry Legacy project will deliver a range of sustainable projects that will work towards improved community wellbeing and resilience.

15.       Inspiring the Vale Bursaries programme works with a range of young people aged 30 and under to improve their wellbeing through financial support and mentoring to develop new and successful businesses, working towards a more prosperous, inclusive and socially cohesive society in the Vale of Glamorgan.   

16.       Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities Funding will fund a range of projects that will contribute to meeting sustainability principles, positively impacting on community wellbeing and ensuring a strong, healthy and inclusive society.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

17.       It will be necessary to extend the existing grant contract with the Waterloo Foundation in order to continue to deliver the Inspiring the Vale Bursaries project. As before, grant beneficiaries will enter into a funding agreement with the Council covering the terms and conditions of the grant.

18.       Once acceptance of grant funding from Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities is approved, the Council will be required to enter into appropriate terms and conditions of grant with the relevant funding body.

Crime and Disorder Implications

19.       The Inspiring the Vale Bursaries programme works to reduce crime and disorder by tackling the underlying causes of deprivation; providing young people with the opportunity to develop successful businesses that provide employment opportunities for themselves and others.   

20.       The provision of diversionary activities such as the provision of accessible play areas and schemes has a positive impact on reducing crime and disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

21.       Through funding new businesses and community enterprises for young people aged 30 or under, the Inspiring the Vale Bursaries programme works to create a more inclusive and equal society in the Vale of Glamorgan.

22.       Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities Funding will improve access to play schemes and play areas for various different groups, including disabled children and their families, young carers and their families, and residents in areas experiencing play deprivation.  

Corporate/Service Objectives

23.       The Barry Legacy Project supports the regeneration opportunities defined in the Corporate Plan and Priority Outcome 8 of the Community Strategy.

24.       The Inspiring the Vale Bursaries project supports the delivery of the Children and Young People priority of the Corporate Plan and both Priority Outcomes 7 and 8 of the Community Strategy.

25.       Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities Funding underpins a range of priorities in the Corporate Plan, including community leadership and children and young people outcomes.

Policy Framework and Budget

26.       This is a matter for executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

27.       The Cabinet Member for Regeneration has been consulted on the use of funding received from the Welsh Government Tackling Poverty programme to support the Barry Legacy Project. 

28.       The Cabinet Member for Regeneration has been consulted on the Inspiring the Vale Bursaries project. No ward member consultation has been carried out as the proposal to extend the project applies to the whole of the Vale of Glamorgan. The Creative Rural Communities Local Action Group will also be consulted on these proposals.

29.       The Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services has been consulted on the Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities funding. Representatives from the Sports and Play Development Team have liaised with a large number of internal and external partners regarding the various projects included in this funding bid.  

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

30.       Corporate Resources

Background Papers

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development

 

Officers Consulted

External Funding Steering Group

Corporate Management Team

John Dent, Major Project Manager

Phil Chappell, Principal Rural Regeneration Officer, Creative Rural Communities

Karen Davies, Sports and Play Development Manager   

 

Responsible Officer:

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development

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