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Meeting of the Executive held on 13/11/2001
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOSTEL - SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT



The Council previously agreed to work in conjunction with Guildford and Mole Valley Councils and a Registered Social Landlord to enable the development of a Refuge for victims of Domestic Violence. This report seeks the Committee’s permission to enter into a formal Service Level Agreement with our partners and the RSL.

The resource and other implications for the Council are contained within the report at paragraphs 8 - 11.
APPENDIX I
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 13TH NOVEMBER 2001



Title:
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOSTEL - SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT
[Wards Affected : All]


Summary and Purpose

The Council previously agreed to work in conjunction with Guildford and Mole Valley Councils and a Registered Social Landlord to enable the development of a Refuge for victims of Domestic Violence. This report seeks the Committee’s permission to enter into a formal Service Level Agreement with our partners and the RSL.

The resource and other implications for the Council are contained within the report at paragraphs 8 - 11.


Introduction and Background

1. Members will recall that the previously agreed to work with two other local housing authorities – Guildford and Mole Valley Councils and a Registered Social Landlord to enable the development of a Refuge for victims of Domestic Violence. The Refuge is now open and functioning.

2. For reasons of security, the name of the Registered Social Landlord (RSL) operating the Refuge is not mentioned in this report. Should any Members need to know the identity of the RSL concerned they should ask the Assistant Director of Housing.

3. Amongst the decisions made was an agreement that this Council would support the Refuge with a revenue contribution of 13,000 per annum for a period of three-years to give the project some financial certainty. The three partner local Councils are all providing 13,000 per annum.

4. The revenue funding to be provided by this Council has been identified in the General Fund Homelessness Budget (see line 17 page 50).

5. Guildford Borough Council has been taking the lead in dealing with the Registered Social Landlord in respect of the Refuge. It is Guildford Borough Council’s practice to enter into formal (contractual) Service Level Agreements (SLA). This Council has been asked to be a signatory to the SLA between the three local authorities (one party) and the Registered Social Landlord (the other party).

6. This Council has recently been developing its Sponsored Organisation Scheme and has developed a less formal SLA – called a ‘partnership agreement’ between organisations receiving grant from the Council. Your officers do not have authority to enter into a formal contractual SLA with the Registered Social Landlord running the Refuge.

7. Your officers consider that the SLA prepared by Guildford Borough Council is well drafted, looks after the interests of the local authorities and (by clearly defining the services to be provided by the RSL) restricts any financial liability to a maximum of 13,000 per annum (for each local authority) for a period of up to three years. Your officers are seeking authority to enter into the SLA drafted by Guildford Borough Council.

Resource Implications

8. The financial implication is that the Council has already approved expenditure of 13,000 from within the General Fund Homelessness Budget.

Other Implications

9. The development of a Hostel to provide a refuge for those fleeing domestic violence is consistent with the Council's Opportunity For All Strategy and Crime and Disorder Act duties. This Council continues to receive applications from individuals and families who have been rendered homeless as a direct result of domestic violence.

10. This scheme is in line with national policy to address the issue of domestic violence and provide support to those who are the victims. Partner organisations - such as Surrey County Council's Social Services Department and West Surrey Health Authority - are supportive of this initiative as it is consistent with their priorities.

11. There are no Human Rights, Environmental or Asset Management implications arising from this report.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Director of Housing be authorised to enter into the Service Level Agreement prepared by Guildford Borough Council in respect of the Domestic Violence Refuge, the other parties being Guildford Borough Council, Mole Valley District Council and the Registered Social Landlord concerned.



Background Papers (DoH)

Draft Service Level Agreement provided by Guildford Borough Council
Pervious reports - 07.09.98: Housing and Community Welfare Committee
11.01.99: Housing and Community Welfare Committee
25.10.99: Housing and Community Welfare Committee


CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Mr J Swanton Telephone: 01483 523375
Email: jswanton@waverley.gov.uk