Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET:19TH NOVEMBER, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 7TH NOVEMBER, 2012
“ SECTION 180 VOLUNTARY SECTOR FUNDING PROPOSALS 2012 / 2013 FOR THE HOMELSSNESS SERVICE (DVSH) –
Since 2005/2006 the Council had provided Section 180 funding for three voluntary sector organisations, namely the Tabernacle Home Access Project for accommodation finding and bond services, £5,000; Llamau – JIGSO project – advice and assistance to single people aged 16 or over who were homeless / threatened with homelessness including a bond service, landlord and tenant support and general housing advice, £12,000; and Llamau – Furniture grants to homeless people who could not fund the purchase of furniture, £6,000. These organisations, including the Council, provided advice and services to homeless people within the Vale of Glamorgan.
Officers were currently assessing the various options to increase the Council’s homelessness prevention focus, aimed at reducing the numbers of clients facing homelessness, reducing the use of inappropriate temporary accommodation and increasing the supply of good quality temporary accommodation. As part of the assessment of options, included looking at whether services currently being outsourced (such as the ones currently provided by the above organisations) could be brought back in-house with no adverse affect on the service combined with a cost saving to the Council.
It was also noted that a previous report to Cabinet on 18th November 2009 (Min. No. C685 refers) introduced the need for a review of the current funding arrangements and advised of a plan to carry out this as a matter of urgency. This review however was delayed to allow a reconfiguration of Children’s Services and to allow joint working between the various teams to be implemented, the reconfiguration had now been completed and joint working was underway via the One Stop Shop approach based in Llamau’s offices in Holton Road, Barry. This service provided support to young people assessed as being “in need”, provided better joint working between the teams and ensured that the Council met its statutory duties under both Leaving Care and Homelessness legislation in light of recent case law updates.
It was also further noted that any allocation of the funds would reflect the objectives identified in the Council’s Housing Strategy Action Plan under Strategic Aim 3: “To eradicate homelessness and ensure the public have accessible, high quality advice and information on housing matters”.
Accordingly, and in light of the above, it was
(1) T H A T the contents of the report be endorsed.
(2) T H A T Cabinet be requested to approve and authorise the Director of Visible Services and Housing to pay the Section 180 funding allocation to the following organisations:
· Tabernacle Home Access in the amount of £5,000
· Llamau’s JIGSO project in the amount of £12,000
· Llamau’s furniture project in the amount of £6,000.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) In acknowledgement of action taken to date by officers.
(2) To seek Cabinet’s approval and enable the funding allocations to be made available to develop key services to assist the Council in complying with its statutory homelessness duty.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 7th November, 2012