The Area Council Manager spoke to the report, previously circulated. The attention of Members was drawn to Part A of the report which provided an overview of performance. Here there were a number of spaces where data had not been provided, and this was due to services being in their infancy.
Part B of the report provided an overview of the performance of each project commissioned.
Members noted the substantial figures for benefit gained and debt managed related to assistance provided by the service delivered by CAB and DIAL. Demand was now outstripping capacity, and work is now being triaged. Clients with time critical cases are prioritised.
The meeting discussed the service, and the impact this had on the lives of recipients. Workers were commended for the work undertaken, and it was suggested that the impact of this work be highlighted much wider, to such as MPs.
The Housing Migration Officer had made a significant impact in a short space of time, and an overview of the cases provided highlighted the complexity of those issues faced by those assisted. The officer successfully assisted many who were below thresholds for intervention by social care, and those who were unaware how to access wider support.
In relation to the Youth Participation Workers, Members noted that they were relatively new in post, and were getting to know the area. However the case studies provided showed the impact already made.
A brief update was then provided in relation to the five projects funded through the Stronger Grants Programme funded from April 2018; Ad Astra; YMCA; DIAL h0urbank; Wooley Miners Welfare, and RVS.
RESOLVED that the report be noted.