Agenda item

Procurement and Financial Update (Neac.23.3.2023/4)


The Area Council Manager submitted a report providing Members with in up-to-date overview of the Area Council’s current priorities.  It provided an overview of all current contracts, contract extensions, Service Level Agreements and Grant Funded Projects together with the associated timescales.


Th report outlined the financial position to date for the 2022/23 financial year, and provided details of the future proposals and projected spend for the 2023/24 financial year as outlined in the appendices attached to the report.




(i)         that the overview of North East Area Council’s current priorities, and overview of all current contracts, contract extensions, Service Level agreements and Grant Fund projects, with associated timescales, be noted;


(ii)        that the actual financial position o date for 2022-23 and the projected expenditure, including future proposals, to 20263-24 as outlined in Appendices 1 & 2 of the report, be noted;


(iii)       that the Area Managers secured funding of £2,000 per Ward Alliance (£8,000 in total) to increase the resource for grassroots community engagement (in its broadest sense)  to enable people to gey the right help, in the right place and at the right time, be noted;


(iv)       that Recommended Option 1: to devolve £40,000 from the Commissioning budget into Ward Alliance budgets (£10,000 per Ward Alliance) be approved;


(v)        that Recommended Option 3: to extend the BMBC Housing SLA with Safer Communities from 1st April 2024 to 31st March 2025 at a cost of £40,000 per annum, be approved;


(vi)       that the update to the Detached Youth Work Fund – funding of the Youth Association StreetSmart Project be noted;


(vii)      that Recommended Option 5: move the underspend of £5,253 per year from Detached Youth Work into the Youth Development Fund Small Grants programme and maintain the total budget envelope for the Young People’s priority, be approved;


(viii)     that the Youth Development Funding panel recommended for approval finding for The Exodus Project to bridge the gap in funding of £1,636 for the period January 2023 to March 2023 to fund the Brierley Youth Club until applications for future periods can be considered under the Youth Development Fund 2023-2025;


(ix)       that Recommended Option 7: Devolve £12,000 (£3,000) per Ward Alliance) to be ringfenced for Ward Alliances to find Advice and Guidance services within their Ward Area based on identified need.  This would remove the requirement to commission though the Area Council, be approved; and


(x)        that Recommended Option 10; Commit a financial envelope of £30,000 per year for two years to progress the Health and Wellbeing priority by establishing a Health and Wellbeing Grant Fund from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2025, be approved.

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