The Civil Society strategy (working title)
will replace KCC’s existing VCS policy and set out the future
relationship with civil society and the ‘social
sector’, voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
(VCSE), as a core part of that. The strategy will also set out the
objectives and intentions for KCC’s future offer of support
to the VCSE. How this will be delivered will be set out in a
subsequent action plan, which will include the financial
implications and commitments.
The strategy will include the grant framework for the council, which was developed in 2015 and has been updated based on feedback from the past 4 years of operation. This is intended to create consistency and clarity in the way we award grants to the VCSE across the Council.
The strategy will also replace the Kent Partners Compact, which was last revised in 2012 and will set out the principles of how we will engage and work with the VCSE in the future.
This will be a supporting strategy to the new Strategic Statement for the Council, to be agreed in early 2020 and will support a number of key objectives.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;
Decision status: For Determination
Division affected: (All Division);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/12/2019
Decision due: Not before 1st May 2020 by Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be published for a minimum of 28 days, in accordance with statutory requirements
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services
Lead director: David Whittle
Department: Strategic & Corporate Services
Contact: Lydia Jackson, Policy Manager Tel: 03000416299 Email: Lydia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early engagement has taken place through VCSE networks and representative bodies. Formal consultation will open in February (estimated) and will be for a 6-8-week period.
Cabinet Committee consultation planned or undertaken. If planned – which meeting do you wish to attend?
A draft proposal to go out to consultation in the new year and with a high-level outline of the strategy structure was taken to Policy and Resources Cabinet Committee on 8th November. The final draft of the strategy informed by the consultation will go back to P&R Committee on 12th May (estimated).
Financial implications: None Stated
Legal implications: None Known
Equalities implications: An Equalities Impact Assessment screening has been undertaken.