As Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services, I propose to:
A) Cease the funding for the Local Children’s Partnership Group (LCPG) Grants programme from the end of the 2022/23 financial year; and
B) Delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Children, Young People and Education to take relevant actions including but not limited to entering into legal agreements as necessary to implement this decision.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Division affected: (All Division);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/11/2022
Decision due: Not before 23rd Dec 2022 by Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services
Lead director: Stuart Collins
Department: Education & Young People's Services
Contact: Christy Holden, Head of Strategic Commissioning, Children and Young People’s Services Phone number:03000 415356.
Financial implications: • The LCPG Grants Programme is a county-wide pot of £600,000, divided between the 12 districts, to fund projects to meet local need and support the priorities set out by each of the LCPG’s. • There are limited financial risks associated with this proposal as all existing grant provision linked to the LCPGs is due to end 31 March 2023. The 2023/2024 round of grants have not yet commenced. • The current providers are all small to medium voluntary sector organisations. The removal of the LCPG Grants should have limited impact as this funding stream is short term and not guaranteed year to year. Therefore, it is unlikely that removal of the grants would impact on ongoing viability of many organisations.
Legal implications: • There is no statutory requirement for the Local Authority to provide this funding stream for VCS organisations and no contractual obligations to continue funding beyond 31 March 2023.
Equalities implications: • The decision will impact each of the protected characteristics, though no one group will be disproportionately impacted. This will continue to be developed.