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Agenda Item No. 8

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 2 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 28 JULY 2014

 

C2419         WELSH GOVERNMENT TACKLING POVERTY FUND – VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF BARRY (RIPT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) –

 

Cabinet were informed of the Council's Tackling Poverty Fund application for the settlement of Barry, under the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places Regeneration Framework.

 

In keeping with the Welsh Government's guidance for local authorities as set out at Appendix 1 to the report, the Council's Tackling Poverty Fund application (set out at Appendices 2A, 2B and 2C, as attached to the report) consisted of the following elements:

  • The Outline Business Case for intervention (Appendix 2A as attached to the report) - the guidance stated that the applicant was to provide a concise document (2-3 A4 pages) addressing six set questions.
  • The Project Schedule Spreadsheet (Appendix 2B as attached to the report) - the guidance stated that the applicant was to provide a brief description of each project (no more than 200 words for each project), a funding profile and estimated outputs against the Vibrant and Viable Places performance indicators.  The Welsh Government also published a document defining and describing their performance indicators which was set out at Appendix 3 to the report.
  • To supplement the Outline Business Case and Project Schedule Spreadsheet, the Council also submitted an Indicative Map identifying the areas of targeted regeneration investment  which was attached at Appendix 2C to the report.  This was considered important as there was a strong geographic correlation in Barry between areas of concentrated deprivation; areas of concentrated social housing; and, traditional shopping areas.

There was a strong geographic correlation in Barry between areas of concentrated deprivation; areas of concentrated social housing; and, traditional shopping areas.  The Communities First Cluster Area was the cornerstone for regeneration activity in this area of Barry and the programme of projects identified in the Council's application reflected and responded to the Cluster Area Plan 2014/15 through physical investment.  In light of this and the guidance issued for local authorities, tackling poverty was therefore an important theme which weaved through the programme of projects identified in the project schedule spreadsheet as set out at Appendix 2B to the report.

 

The Cabinet extended their thanks to Dave Williams, the Council’s  Principal Regeneration Officer, for his work in relation to the Vibrant and Viable Places Bid as well as the Welsh Government Tackling Poverty Fund.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the content of the report including the budget proposals set out in paragraph 7 of the report be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T, subject to Welsh Government approval of the Council's application for Tackling Poverty Fund, the capital programme be amended to include £333k for 2014/15; £418k for 2015/16 and, £249k for 2016/17.

 

(3)       T H A T, subject to Welsh Government approval of the Council's application for Tackling Poverty Fund, the amendment to the Housing Renewal Policy 2014 referred to in paragraph 6 of the report and detailed in Appendix 4, as attached to the report, be approved.

 

(4)       T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) for information.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To note the contents of the report.

 

(2)       To enable the capital allocation to be managed effectively (subject to Welsh Government approval of the Council's application for Tackling Poverty Fund).

 

(3)       To enable the capital allocation for the Main Street Grant Programme to be managed effectively (subject to Welsh Government approval of the Council's application for Tackling Poverty Fund). 

 

(4)       To keep Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) apprised.

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 28 JULY 2014

 

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