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Cuts to Voluntary and Community Organisations

Requested on
Thu 21st July, 2011
Reference
FOI 1386
Resolution
Information provided

Question

I would like to establish the extent to which voluntary and community organisations are being affected by public spending cuts. I would like you to provide me with details of the areas you have cut, are going to cut and by how much. My questions fall under two sections: section 1 – the cuts that have already been confirmed; section 2 – the cuts that have not yet been finalised but are likely to be confirmed over the forthcoming weeks and months.

Section 1: Confirmed cuts – between 21 October 2010 and present date
For each area of funding (grant or contract) please provide me with the following information:
1. Name of funding pot
2. Is it a grant or contract?
3. Total amount to be cut from this funding pot
4. Was an equality impact assessment conducted? Please provide evidence.
5. Was the Compact considered and applied when making decisions about the cuts? Please provide evidence.
6. Were the VCS (voluntary and community sector) organisations facing cuts given the opportunity to offer alternative proposals? Please provide evidence.
7. Have services run by VCS organisations been reduced or closed as a result. Please provide details as to name, location and focus of each service affected.

Section 2: Unconfirmed
Please provide details of the cuts you anticipate being announced in due course:
1. Name of funding pot
2. Is it a grant or contract?
3. Total amount to be cut from this funding pot
4. Will an equality impact assessment be conducted? Please provide evidence.
5. Will the Compact be considered and applied when making decisions about the cuts? Please provide evidence.
6. Will the VCS organisations facing cuts be given the opportunity to offer alternative proposals? Please provide evidence.

Answer

Section 1: Confirmed cuts – between 21 October 2010 and present date
For each area of funding (grant or contract) please provide me with the following information:
1.              Name of funding pot   - A review of the Charnwood Grants scheme was carried out and agreed by the Council's Cabinet in March 2010 (http://www.charnwood.gov.uk/committees/cabinet?paper_q=&paper_classification=&paper_startDate=2010-03-18&go=Search).  
2.              Is it a grant or contract?  Grant
3.          Total amount to be cut from this funding pot Changes to funding are set out in the Cabinet report.  For 2011/12 the following additional changes were made:
It was decided that no new strategic partners would be identified for 2011/12 and 2012/13.  Existing Strategic Partners were not affected.
There was a reduction of £4,500 in the budget for the Community Development Grant Scheme but a new Loughborough Community Grant Scheme with a budget of £10,000 was created.
4.          Was an equality impact assessment conducted? Please provide evidence. Details of the EIA are set out in the Cabinet report.
5.          Was the Compact considered and applied when making decisions about the cuts? Please provide evidence.   Details of the consideration of the Compact are set out in the Cabinet report.
6.          Were the VCS (voluntary and community sector) organisations facing cuts given the opportunity to offer alternative proposals? Please provide evidence.   Details of the consultation with the VCS are set out in the Cabinet report.
7.         Have services run by VCS organisations been reduced or closed as a result. Please provide details as to name, location and focus of each service affected.  Not that the Council is aware.

No other funding pots have had any cuts confirmed since October 2010.

Section 2: Unconfirmed
Please provide details of the cuts you anticipate being announced in due course:
There are currently no plans to cut to funding.

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