The Area Council Manager introduced the report. With regards to the Isolated and Vulnerable Older People Service, it was noted that AGE UK had been awarded the contract, and had briefed Members prior to the meeting of the Area Council about their proposed approach.
Members discussed the Working Together Fund, noting recent applications that had been successful and that £32,038 remained for allocation. It was suggested that this be carried forward to the 2017/18 financial year, and that a further £50,000 be allocated for us in 2017/18. To allow for groups to plan applications and to improve promotion it was suggested that panel dates be set to take place in April 2017, August 2017 and January 2018.
Attention was drawn to the Clean and Tidy contract, noting that the end date was in April, 2017. As in earlier discussions, Members reinforced that the Environment was still a key priority for the Area. Members considered various options for the future of a Clean and Tidy Service, agreeing that a specification of requirements be brought to a future meeting of the Area Council for discussion.
(i) That the update on commissioned projects be noted;
(ii) That £32,028 from the 2016/17 Working Together Fund budget be carried forward to 2017/18 with a further £50,000 of Area Council Finance allocated to the fund, to be allocated through previously approved mechanisms;
(iii) That Working Together Fund grant panels be organised to take place in April 2017, August 2017 and January 2018;
(iv) That a draft specification of requirements for a Clean and Tidy Team be brought to a future meeting of the Area Council for discussion, with a value of £75,000-£100,000 per annum, for one year with an option to extend for a further year.