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Agenda Item No 6

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Community Liaison Committee: 5th July 2016

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Community Action Self Help (CASH) Scheme

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To respond to a request for a discussion regarding the revised criteria for accessing grants by Town and Community Councils.

Recommendation

That the Community Liaison Committee notes the content of the report.

Reason for the Recommendation

The report clarifies the criteria for accessing grants by the Town and Community Councils

Background

  1. CASH schemes provide funding to Town and Community Councils to undertake capital schemes of their choice within their own area. This is a valuable feature of the Council's aim to work in partnership with Town and Community Councils and to target resources to all communities within the Vale of Glamorgan.
  2. There are agreed Conditions and Criteria for accessing the grants and these were that schemes must be completed within the financial year in which they were granted, that the grant is limited to a ceiling of £15,000 for any one Community or Town Council and satisfactory quotations must be obtained for the work to be undertaken.
  3. In addition, the Council will need to be satisfied that the Community/Town Council is able to meet all future revenue costs associated with any scheme approved.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. In July 2015 Cabinet agreed revisions to these criteria (min no. 2870) which are detailed below :
  • Only one scheme will be put forward per Town/Community Council.
  • No grant award should total more than 50% of the scheme value in order to demonstrate commitment to the scheme by Town/Community Councils.
  • Grant awards should not be more than 30% of the Town/Community Council's precept to ensure the schemes progressed are proportionate to the size of the Town/Community Council.
  • Grants schemes should be greater than 5% of the Town/Community Council's precept. Any scheme that is less than 5% of the precept value should be met from within the Town/Community Council's existing funds.
  1. All Town and Community Councils were contacted in April 2016 with regard to the funding for 2016/2017 with a request that any applications for grant be received by the Council by the end of April 2016. A total of 9 applications had been received by the closure date.
  2. The Council has been approached by Barry Town Council to request that the revised criteria be discussed with the Town and Community Councils due to concerns that the larger Councils will be discouraged from applying for this assistance in the future. This is the reason for this report.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. £30,000 has been included in the 2016/2017 Capital Programme for the CASH grant scheme.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. Implementation of local capital schemes can impact positively on the sustainability of communities by reason of increasing and improving local facilities.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. It is a condition of the CASH scheme that the Town or Community Council is responsible for ensuring that works are undertaken in accordance with current health and safety legislation and that sufficient insurance cover is obtained prior to the commencement of works.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no direct Crime and Disorder implications arising out of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1.  There are no direct Equal Opportunities implications arising out of this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1.  Funding support to Community and Town Council's in accordance with the Council's corporate objectives.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for Executive decision

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. No consultation or Ward Member Consultation has taken place as the subject matter of the report is not Ward specific.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Corporate Performance and Resources

Background Papers

Contact Officer

Carys Lord, Head of Finance

Officers Consulted

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Managing Director

 

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