Decision details

Family Hubs Model Programme

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

KEY DECISION

 

That the Executive:

 

a)     Noted the funding allocation under the Family Hubs and Start for Lifegrant which will be between £3.93m and £4.11m over the three-year period.

 

b)     Delegated authority to the Executive Member for Children, Families, Education and Skills, in consultation with the Executive Director of Children’s Service, to distribute the full grant amount over the next three years.

 

c)      Receive an annual report detailing distribution of the grant and progress on the delivery of the programme.

 

d)     Noted that needs analysis work will continue to be undertaken and delegates authority to the Executive Member for Children, Families, Education and Skills, in consultation with the Executive Director of Children’s Services the authority to determine the allocation of the prototype locality in accordance with the required timescale.

 

Reasons for Recommendation: This is being recommended due to the time sensitive nature of the grant deliverables and spend requirements within the criteria of the grant allocation.  This means that the Council must make arrangements to spend £996k before the end of the financial year, this money must be spent in accordance with the grant headings shown in the table under para 7.1. 

 

To ensure member oversight, it is recommended that an annual review process is put into place with the Executive to provide assurances of the programmes deliverables and spend against the grant allocation.  This will further support the implementation of the programme at the pace required.

 

Alternative Options Considered: That  delegated authority is not granted in relation to grant allocation. This is not recommended as it will add delay in developing the programme at the pace required and the Council  would lose the opportunity to enhance and co-ordinate services for families. Furthermore, the Council would lose the opportunity to spend the allocated funds within the short timescales which will impact on driving the required activity and reduce investment into the local area. Any unspent grant for the 2022/2023 allocation will have to be returned.

 

Publication date: 27/09/2022

Date of decision: 15/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 15/09/2022 - Executive

Effective from: 05/10/2022

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