Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 16TH JUNE, 2014
REFERENCE FROM VOLUNTARY SECTOR JOINT LIAISON COMMITTEE: 8TH MAY, 2014
THE IMPACT OF FUNDING REDUCTIONS ON VOLUNTARY SECTOR ORGANISATIONS – VALE CENTRE FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICES (VCVS) – (VS) –
Prior to the presentation of this report, Ms. R. Connor from the Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (VCVS) introduced Ms. Linda Pritchard, Health and Social Care Facilitator for VCVS, who would be presenting the report to the Committee.
The report outlined the impact of funding reductions on the voluntary organisations and services in the Vale of Glamorgan. VCVS acknowledged the pressures which local authorities worked to and the reductions in budgets and advised that they were keen to work with the Council to ensure that there was a range of voluntary and statutory services for vulnerable people in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Ms. Pritchard was keen to emphasise the interdependencies of funding from different organisations and that the VCVS would welcome a co-ordinated approach statutory funding.
Funding reductions in previous years meant that some voluntary organisations were not achieving full cost recovery and therefore needed to find subsidies from other areas.
A recent review of voluntary sector Service Level Agreements by the Local Authority was welcomed as it helped achieve clarity in terms of expectations and performance, contributed to strategic objectives and greater understanding of the impact of funding reductions.
Ms. Pritchard shared with the Committee the results of a recent survey to voluntary organisations on the impact of funding reductions of 5%, 7.5% or 12%. The results would be useful for looking at services with greater clarity but could impact on services to vulnerable people and carers.
Ms. Pritchard informed the Committee that the VCVS would appreciate the opportunity to work with the Council on an Equality Impact Assessment which could highlight the impact of reductions on individuals with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
Ms. Pritchard informed the Committee that funding reductions could have a knock-on effect of reducing the number of volunteers supported by voluntary organisations. Furthermore, joint and integrated working initiatives could also be affected by funding reductions. Ms. Pritchard advised that they welcomed the opportunity to comment on the impact of possible funding reductions and to highlight the impact on frontline services.
Following consideration of the report it was
AGREED – T H A T the report be referred to Cabinet for consideration.
Reason for recommendation
In order that Cabinet can consider the points contained within the report and work towards an integrated service provision where possible.
Attached as Appendix - Report to Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison - 8th May 2014