Members were reminded of discussion at the previous meeting in relation to provision for isolated and vulnerable older people, following the completion of the current contract delivered by AGE UK.
It was recommended that a grant fund be established, with a total value of £70,000 and grants be invited to address the issues raised by the current AGE UK contract. It was suggested that this operate similarly to the current Working Together Fund.
Members noted the current situation in relation to the Working Together Fund, with £13,856 remaining. Members discussed its promotion and it was agreed not to promote the fund widely at the current time, but that word of mouth or referral to the fund from organisations interested in applying to the Ward Alliance Fund, but requiring additional finance, would be sufficient.
The meeting briefly discussed its current priorities, and it was suggested that these be reviewed in the autumn.
Following on from the presentation from Twiggs Grounds Maintenance at the previous meeting of the Area Council Members were asked to consider whether to renew the contract for a further year. All Members were in agreement.
A recommendation was received to devolve £20,000 from the Area Council budget, to the Ward Alliance Fund, noting the small amount of Ward Alliance Fund remaining. All Members noted the significant benefit of the support given to Ward Alliance Fund recipients, and supported the suggestion.
The Area Council Manager provided an overview of the financial situation of the Area Council. It was noted that approval of the Isolated and Vulnerable Older People Fund, approval of the transfer of £20,000 to the Ward Alliance Fund, and re-contracting of Twiggs Grounds Maintenance would mean that £18,958.75 remained for allocation in 2018/19.
(i) The update on procurement activity be noted;
(ii) That an Isolated and Vulnerable Older People Fund be established at a cost of £70,000;
(iii) That the Executive Director Communities be authorised to approve the grant procedures, including award criteria, taking account of the recommendations of the working group established to assist the development of the process;
(iv) That the Executive Director Communities be authorised to approve Isolated and Vulnerable Older People Fund grants, up to a total value of £70,000, following recommendations from the grants panel;
(v) That the update on the Working Together Fund 2018/19 be noted;
(vi) That £20,000 be devolved to the Ward Alliance Fund, to be allocated through previously approved mechanisms;
(vii) That the update on the Clean and Tidy Contract be noted and that the contract with Twiggs Grounds Maintenance be extended for a further 12 months at a cost of £98,007;
(viii) That the update provided on the financial position of the Area Council be noted.