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Meeting of the Executive held on 11/10/2005
Waverley Hoppa Community Transport - Response to Urgent Financial Report from Hoppa



Summary & Purpose
The report at Annexe 1 by Waverley Hoppa Community Transport advises Members of the shortfall in funding expected in 2006/2007 and sets out possible scenarios for the organisation should additional funding not be forthcoming. It includes updated and additional statistical information not available for the original report submitted to the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 26th September 2005.

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APPENDIX H
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 11TH OCTOBER 2005

Title:
WAVERLEY HOPPA COMMUNITY TRANSPORT –
RESPONSE TO URGENT FINANCIAL REPORT FROM HOPPA
[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and purpose:

The report at Annexe 1 by Waverley Hoppa Community Transport advises Members of the shortfall in funding expected in 2006/2007 and sets out possible scenarios for the organisation should additional funding not be forthcoming. It includes updated and additional statistical information not available for the original report submitted to the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 26th September 2005.

Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

E-Government implications:

There are no E-government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

External funding from Central Government expires during the 2005/06 financial year. For service delivery to continue at existing levels there will be the need for alternative sources of funding to be found. The Council will need to determine whether it wishes to increase its financial support to the organisation.

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Introduction

1. In recent years the Portfolio Holders for Parishes, Partnerships and the Local Economy, together with officers, have worked with Hoppa to help identify alternative funding sources to replace the Countryside Agency’s financial support at the end of their three-year funding package. As part of the work Hoppa registered as a charity, which has brought some financial advantage, but the fundamental issue of core funding remains.

2. A report prepared by officers on Waverley Hoppa Community Transport was considered by the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 26th September and is attached at Annexe 2).

3. The service provided by HOPPA is considered in the Transport Study for the Waverley LSP in a report from Halcrow Consultants which has just been received, but not yet evaluated.

4. The County Council’s Local Area Committee has also recommended to the Executives of the County and Borough Council that the HOPPA is financially supported to meet its anticipated shortfall in 2006/07 (see Annexe 1).

5. The Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee, following a report presented at the meeting on 26th September, has recommended to the Executive that 125,000 be found to support the Hoppa organisation in the financial year 2006/07. This figure being the shortfall the organisation will face as a result of the three year funding from the Countryside Agency ending. This figure will allow Hoppa to continue providing the services it currently provides and to develop new areas of work which will bring in additional revenue, thus reducing the need for local authority financial support.

6. This Hoppa report also identifies the level of service that could be provided if other levels of funding were made available and provides additional information to the Executive. It can be seen from the statistics provided in the report that patronage, new business and turnover are all estimated to continue to rise over the next five years. As the organisation develops it is forecast that there will be less reliance on local authority grant funding. However the organisation needs support in the short term at the very least in order to develop that work following the cessation of the Countryside Agency grant.

Financial Implications

7. Surrey County Council is the main transport authority in the Borough, but districts are allowed to support transport schemes. The Council supports HOPPA through the Waverley Voluntary Grants Panel. In 2005/06 HOPPA received 12,000 through this scheme. At this stage of the budget process for 2006/07 members and officers will shortly be identifying emerging service and budgetary issues. Clearly HOPPA funding will be one such issue and it will be a matter for members to agree or otherwise to make provision for 2006/07.

8. It is currently uncertain as to whether the County Council or Local Area Committee will provide financial support for 2006/07 to meet the shortfall. There is the immediate shortfall in funding required for 2006/07 and as importantly the medium term sustainability of the HOPPA.

Recommendations

It is recommended that:

1. the Executive notes the report and considers the recommendation from the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee;

2. the Executive considers, in principle, the level of financial support to be offered to Hoppa in 2006/07, pending consideration of the Council’s 2006/07 Revenue Budget; and

3. officers continue to work with partners towards developing a long term plan for the sustainability of the Hoppa organisation.

Background Papers (DoH/DoF)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) Of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICERS:

Name: David January Telephone 01483 523361 Paul Wenham Telephone 01483 523238
Email: pwenham@waverley.gov.uk

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