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Strategic Grants (S14)

Cuts

Portfolio: Health and Partnerships Portfolio

Futures Fund

This cut may not get implemented in full because there are proposals to include the service within the futures fund. Please visit the futures fund proposal to find out more. 

There is a one off proposal for a voluntary sector development fund.

There is a one off proposal for a Match Fund for Bids to the County Durham Charity Foundation.

Description

Strategic grants are paid out annually and the current split between organisations is shown below:

Organisation    

Age UK - £18,966               

CAB - £104,825                                       

DAD - £10,000                                       

First Stop - £28,045                                        

Groundwork - £10,500

Volunteer Bureau - £20,000

CDCD - £3,000

A separate report in the future will show the impact on all voluntary sector organisations of all of the MTFP proposals.

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Keywords: voluntary sector VCS

Related FAQs

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

What will be the impact on voluntary organisations such as Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, GADD? What happens if they close?

We fully support the work of our voluntary sector partners and hope to continue to work with them in the future. However, the financial situation is such that the Council is not able to continue funding these organisations at current levels. The likely impact of the budget proposals on these organisations is currently being identified, following discussions with the organisations most affected. We hope that they are able to continue their work by looking at where they can make further cost and efficiency savings, but we appreciate that in some cases this may not be possible and it will therefore mean a reduction in the support they can offer to the residents of Darlington.  It could lead to the closure of organisations if they are unable to make the necessary changes for them to be sustainable, which will be very regrettable. We want to avoid this happening and we will support organisations making grant applications where we can. We will also be undertaking work to understand the impact of any reductions in service on individuals accessing them. 

Your Say

14 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal

Comment

FF 52m (Community Development and Engagement)
Cut S14 (Strategic Grant Budget)

SIGNED BY 4135 To Darlington Borough Council, We appreciate that the council has an unenviable task of having to implement budget savings of £12.5 million in 2016-17, however, we are compelled to highlight the devastating impact which these cuts will have for Citizens Advice Darlington, town residents, the voluntary sector at large and the council itself. The current proposals include a 100% cut to the annual grant for Citizens Advice Darlington. We ask that you sign this petition to support our work and ask that Darlington Borough Council helps ensure this vital service survives for the benefit of all who live and work in the town and borough. Thank you for your time and consideration.

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core EffR9 (Registrars)
Cut W04 (Library - Local Studies)
Cut W05 (Cockerton Library)
Cut S14 (Strategic Grant Budget)

Darlington LG Branch of Unison would like to put forward some practical suggestions as to how to retain the Central Library at Crown Street. Some of the ideas could easily apply to Cockerton Library too. • The agency staff cost was around £3 million for 2015 (use of casual staff and overtime could offset some agency costs). Around 15% of savings on these costs would equate to the proposed savings for restructuring the library service. • Site an offshoot of the Dolphin Centre café within the library – Waterstones and other bookshops seem to make this model work for them. Not only will they pay for coffee but they will also be drawn to other services, local studies for example. There is a huge interest in local history, perhaps if more people were drawn to the library and shown how to access it then it could build footfall. • Site an offshoot of a community/voluntary service there – credit union, CAB, Age UK – at a charge • Offer pop up shop space or short term rental space for businesses such as Waterstones, Art Shop, Gallerina, House of Fraser, colleges, foot outlets, garden centre (Council grown flowers) etc. • Xentrall to expand their services and offer a chargeable IT support service to the public, possibly sited at Crown Street • If there is any space in the basement, they could rent out archive space to other authorities. • Co-locate Registrars in Crown Street along with the library. • Offer basement space to start-up businesses. • As has previously been suggested, offer the committee suite as accommodation to other public services. Income can be used to support the library. These are just a few of the suggestions that could help support the service, if there is a willingness to do so.

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Cut S14 (Strategic Grant Budget)

As a result of a conversation with Citizens Advice, I believe that a shared location between DBC Crown Street Library and the CA service could be mutually beneficial. CA can continue to provide rental income but Bennet House could be freed for reuse/resale. It brings a significant opportunity to mine funding opportunities because of the synergy between voluntary services and council services. Other authorities are using this model of service delivery, Newcastle authority for example. I would recommend that conversations take place between CA and DBC to explore this possibility a little further.

FF 52b (A Remodelled Dolphin Centre including the Central Library)
Core LLE12 (Indoor and Outdoor Markets)
Core EffR10 (Local Taxation)
Cut S14 (Strategic Grant Budget)

The proposed cuts, though in large part a result of central government funding decisions, are also a reflection of mismanagement at a local level. In particular the council prided itself, before the cap on increasing council tax was introduced, on keeping charges at a low level (compared to other local authorities). We now see the results. Also, at a time of sweeping austerity and the scaling back of council services, how can the continuation of high salaries to top-ranking council officials, such as Ada Burns, be justified? The proposed cut to the grants to the Citizens Advice Bureau and Age UK - which is unjustifiable both on humanitarian and economic grounds - and to children's and adult services generally, while top-ranking council staff continue to pocket excessive salaries, really undermines the credibility of the Council's justification of the proposed changes. Darlington used to have a thriving Arts Centre, two libraries and a successful market. All are now closed or threatened with closure. Instead we have a soulless new commercial development at Feethams. I have lived in the town for over 30 years, but am now seriously considering a move away.

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First Stop response letter to the MTFP

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FF 52k (Financial and debt advice and welfare rights services)
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Letter from Citizens Advice about budget proposals

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Letter from Age UK Darlington about their strategic grant

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This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

I’ve been a user of the services of CAB and GADD. When I was using those services, they helped me deal with the labyrinth of trying to deal with the council and get off the streets. By cutting the funding, the council is helping Westminster do its dirty work by keeping a whole range a whole range of vulnerable and young people by the wayside. Without the services to help people navigate their way through the system, a lot of people are going to be left with absolutely nothing and I think that needs looking at again.

FF 52k (Financial and debt advice and welfare rights services)
FF 53r (Voluntary Sector Development Fund)
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This is a transcription of comments made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: The current value of homeless prevention work the CAB do is mitigating the local authority’s statutory duty to house, which left unsupported would result in the local authority spending more than £3m. Has the council made provision for the extra cost of this?

A (Cllr Copeland): The CAB offers excellent advice and support, Age UK offers excellent advice and support. We have our own housing options staff within the council and also have our own welfare officers, who assist in making sure people get the right allowances they are entitled to. I appreciate it’s going to be a reduced service. I have the largest part of the council’s budget [in my portfolio], although most of my statutory, I still have to put something in the pot to assist, otherwise we will just wipe out Street Scene altogether and do nothing in parks etc. But, if that’s what you would like, then that’s the suggestion you make – that we save whatever happens in the way of advice to CAB and we stop doing something else. If you want us to keep something, then we have got to let something else go.
A (Cllr Scott): We completely understand the concerns about the impact on the voluntary sector. We’ve got some proposals, some add-backs, because we recognise the value of that sector. One of those is the voluntary sector development fund, where we’ve put aside £100k to develop some of the things like back office and sharing functions between organisations.

Q: I do not want you to stop paying into something to help something else. Why not just reduce things a little and put some of it into CAB?
A (Cllr Dixon): That’s what this exercise is about. We’ve got the Core Offer and we’re trying to find out what we can do as far as the add-backs are concerned.

FF 52k (Financial and debt advice and welfare rights services)
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This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: Would the Council be prepared to facilitate some kind of coming together of these advice services under one umbrella in order to keep these services in the town, rather than lose them?
A: That's an excellent suggestion. Just as we have been told by Central Government that we have to look at our back offices and we work together with Stockton Borough Council on payroll, HR and other areas. Why doesn’t the voluntary sector look at that suggestion and perhaps get their back offices together? That would reduce their overheads, so I think that’s an excellent suggestion and they do need to talk to each other because some of them are working in similar areas.

FF 52k (Financial and debt advice and welfare rights services)
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This is a transcription of a comment made during the public meetings held during the budget consultation:

Q: What’s the situation with CAB?

A: No proposals in particular. CAB receives a strategic grant which under the proposals will end but that is only one part of their funding and we want to see what that means. We are proposing to put £50k back into welfare advice, I can’t say CAB will get that but it will be discussed.

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Letter from Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington, about the grant to citizen's advice Darlington

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Cut C05 (Cease Vulnerable Adults Floating Support)
Core EffR5 (Members Allowances)
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Responses to Equalities Impact Assesments

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Letter about the proposals for the strategic grant to Citizens Advice Darlington

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