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Agenda Item No. 9

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Democratic Services Committee: 24th July 2013

 

Report of the Head of Democratic Services

 

Funding for Town and Community Council Websites

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To apprise Members of the responses of Town and Community Councils to the offer of financial assistance of £500 per council for website development.

Recommendation

That the report be noted.

Reason for the Recommendation

To ensure Member awareness.

 

Background

2.             In March of this year, the Welsh Government paid grants to Principal Councils in Wales, partly to provide assistance of £500 per council to Town and Community Councils for website development.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             On 17th June 2013, a letter was sent to all 26 Town and Community Councils in the Vale of Glamorgan regarding this matter.  The letter constituted the Council's formal offer to each council of a £500 grant.  Under the conditions of the grant specified by the Welsh Government, the funding can only be spent on development of a website.  Councils who already have a website are not excluded from taking advantage of the grant provision.  The funding is tied into the fact that the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill, currently under consideration in the National Assembly, contains provisions which would require each Town and Community Council to publish certain information on a website.  The Welsh Government considers the grant to be a means of helping councils to prepare for this provision.

4.             The letter referred to above required each Town and Community Council, in formally accepting the offer of funding, to indicate how the funding would be used prior to the end of the financial year.  In turn, the Vale of Glamorgan Council is required to provide the Welsh Government with an account of how the overall grant is utilised. 

5.             Town and Community Councils were asked to respond by 5th July 2013.  This, in turn, is designed to allow the Council to make the funding available to Town and Community Councils during July as requested by the Welsh Government.

6.             A total of 16 Town and Community Councils have formally accepted the offer of funding and will be forwarded the £500 in due course.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.             The grant of £500 per Town and Community Council has been provided by the Welsh Government.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.             There are no direct implications arising from the report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             Town and Community Councils will be required to comply with the provisions currently under consideration as part of the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Bill.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.        None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        The grant is designed to raise public awareness of the role / responsibilities of Town and Community Councils.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        The processing of the grant does not require consideration by Cabinet or Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        This is a matter between the Council and Town and Community Councils and, therefore, no external consultation is necessary.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Corporate Resources.

Background Papers

Letter from Welsh Government: 28th January 2013.

 

Contact Officer

Jeff Wyatt, Head of Democratic Services, Tel: (01446) 709408

 

Officers Consulted

Managing Director

 

Responsible Officer:

Jeff Wyatt, Head of Democratic Services