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Meeting of the Executive held on 04/07/2001
SPONSORED ORGANISATION SCHEME



The purpose of this report is to advise members of the consideration given to this matter by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 25th June 2001 and to seek this Committee’s approval to widen the scope of the Sponsored Organisation Scheme to include organisations that do not already receive revenue funding from the Council. The Council has already agreed to this proposal, but the question as to how any additional funding might be allocated remains outstanding.
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APPENDIX F
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - 4TH JULY 2001



Title:
SPONSORED ORGANISATION SCHEME

[Wards Affected: N/A]


Summary and Purpose

The purpose of this report is to advise members of the consideration given to this matter by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 25th June 2001 and to seek this Committee’s approval to widen the scope of the Sponsored Organisation Scheme to include organisations that do not already receive revenue funding from the Council. The Council has already agreed to this proposal, but the question as to how any additional funding might be allocated remains outstanding.

Awareness that this Scheme exists is slowly spreading and, should the Council decide not to expand the Scheme, then the decision would have to be communicated to the community.

There are resource, environmental, and “Opportunities for All” implications contained in this report.



Introduction

1. The Policy and Resources Committee at its meeting on 4th July 2000 approved the Sponsored Organisation Scheme for Waverley and agreed that it be advertised and widened to encourage new applicants to apply for funding. The scheme is designed to give revenue support to help meet the regular running costs of organisations. In this way it is different to the project-related grant schemes operated by the Council, which are funded from the Matched-Funding Provision.

2. The Scheme was introduced in order to create a formal process whereby an organisation could apply for revenue funding from the Council. The Scheme is currently available to those organisations that are already receiving financial support from Waverley and the organisations admitted to date, and the level of funding approved, is detailed at Annexe 1 attached.

3. The aim of widening the Scheme to other organisations is to encourage the promotion of equal opportunities. All organisations admitted to the Scheme would be required to have a service level/partnership agreement with the Council (including the Citizen’s Advice Bureaux), which would specify what would be provided with Waverley’s support. To be admitted to the Scheme an organisation would have to meet the criteria set by Waverley.

The issues

4. The original decision to create a Sponsored Body Scheme was made by the Policy and Resources Committee on 26th October 1999, when deciding to implement a Scheme with effect from April 2001. The approach agreed to restrict admittance to the Scheme in the first year of operation (2001/02) to those organisations which currently received funding from the Council, and to extend the Scheme to other voluntary and community organisations from April 2002 onwards.

5. This proposal raises a number of issues for consideration by members, namely:-

(a) whether or not the level of funding available to the Scheme be restricted to current levels (currently 539,471), and if so

(b) whether or not new organisations be admitted to the Scheme (which could have the effect of reducing the level of funding available to award to existing members of the Scheme), or

(c) the possible sources of additional budgetary provision to supplement the current level of funding, and

(d) whether or not the Scheme should be budgeted for as a whole rather than leaving budgetary provision for specific organisations in the various portfolio budgets.

6. There are therefore three options which present themselves:-

(a) Open the scheme up and raise the ceiling on the budgetary provision: this would promote equality of opportunity, enable the Council to consider new types and forms of service provision and create an open and fair grants system. This would require a decision on the source of the additional budgetary provision, and may entail reductions elsewhere in the Council’s budget.

(b) Open the scheme up but maintain the current level of budgetary provision: this would bring about some of the benefits of the first option, but would create additional pressures on current budget, the result being a reduction in the funding awarded to some or all of the current organisations admitted to the Scheme in order to be able to give funding to new organisations admitted.

(c) Restrict membership of the Scheme to those organisations already admitted: this would be most unwise – it is a potential cause of challenge, being a fetter on discretion for future decisions on new organisations.

7. If options (a) or (b) were chosen, entry to the Scheme will be on the basis of an organisation being assessed against how far they meet clear and open criteria.

Resource implications

8. A decision to open the Scheme to additional organisations would have an impact upon the budget. If new organisations were admitted to the Scheme and awarded funding, without additional funds being made available, the awards would need to be found from reductions in the funding already given to those organisations already admitted to the Scheme.

Environmental implications

9. There are no direct environmental implications, although organisations undertaking environmental conservation or improvement work would be eligible to apply to join the Scheme.

Opportunities for All Implications

10. Restriction of access to Waverley funding would impede the Council’s priority theme of community contained within “Waverley – A Fresh Future” in respect of older people and young people. By definition, restriction of access to Council revenue funding does not further equality of opportunity.

Consideration by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee

11. The Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, at its meeting on 25th June received a report on this matter and gave its support to expansion of the Scheme and suggested that rather than identifying a level of funding at this stage, the Executive Committee consider reviewing the level of funding for additional applications as part of the budget considerations in 2002/03.

Recommendation

The Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee recommends that:-

1. the Sponsored Organisation Scheme be opened up to new organisations for applications for revenue funding as from April 2002 in accordance with previous Council decisions;

2. the overall level of funding for the Scheme be reviewed as part of the Council’s process for preparing the 2002/03 budget; and

3. the budgets for support to individual organisations remain within the appropriate portfolio budgets but that an overview report be presented to the Executive Committee when the 2002/03 budget is being considered.



Background Papers (DoF)

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



CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Mr M Hill Telephone: 01483 869240
E-mail: mhill@waverley.gov.uk

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