Agenda item

Family Hubs Model Programme

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.

 

Minutes:

The Chair invited Cllr Jean Addison to address the meeting. Cllr Addison spoke favourably of Pen Green’s Children Centre, Corby as a potential location as a Family Hub given its current structure and value to the community.

 

Cllr John McGhee was then invited to speak, noting that the award of grant funding was very beneficial for North Northamptonshire and also spoke positively of Pen Green as an existing internationally recognised centre. Cllr McGhee queried why a decision as to where to site hubs was not being considered by the Council’s scrutiny function.

 

Phil Bromhall was asked to address the meeting and noted the tight deadlines to have the Family Hubs model programme mobilised and noted that Pen Green was well placed to become a prototype family hub, especially given its established partnership working and place in the community.

 

Anthony Lee attend and spoke to detail his positive experiences of Pen Green and requested the Executive look favourably on the centre when a decision was made as to where Family Hubs were to be sited.

 

The Chair then invited Cllr David Howes to introduce a report on behalf of Cllr Scott Edwards, Executive Member for Executive Member for Children, Families, Education and Skills that sought to appraise Executive on successful confirmed funding allocations, spending criteria, milestones and expectations set for the Family Hubs and Start for Life transformation grant.

 

The Executive was also asked to delegate authority to the Executive Member for Children, Families, Education and Skills in consultation with the Executive Director of Children’s Service to distribute and administer the grant between 2022-2025 in accordance with the grant criteria.

 

Cllr Howes stated that the location of Family Hubs would be taken as a separate decision and was not a factor of the report before members, which was purely to mobilise allocation of grant funding. It was heard that a total of £996,000 of the grant funding was required to be spent before the end of the current financial year, with a further requirement to develop and submit the full three-year delivery plan by 31st December 2022, followed by publication of the Start for Life offer by 31st March 2023, as required within the criteria of the programme and grant conditions.

 

Both Cllrs Lawman and Pentland spoke to welcome the report and the associated grant funding.

 

 

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.

 

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