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Item 4 - Grants Programme 2017-21: Recommendations (with appendices) (G8/17)

Summary

At their meeting of 13 July 2016, members of the Grants Committee agreed nine specifications under the following two priorities,
Priority 1 Combatting Homelessness
Priority 2 Tackling Sexual and Domestic Violence
for services to be delivered from April 2017 to March 2021. 

Following this a commissioning application process was launched in August and closed in September. A robust scoring and moderation process was undertaken involving borough officers, MOPAC and GLA. This report makes recommendations for the 2017-21 Grants Programme. Members are requested to consider officer’s recommendations on applications, right to replies and within the context of the Public Sector Equality Duty as set out in the 2010 Equality Act. 

Funding is recommended for the period 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2021, subject to continued availability of resources and performance of the programme. Members are also asked to consider the performance management framework on this agenda, which will be used to monitor, manage and report on the programme. 

Recommendations    

Members are recommended to, 
1.    Note London Councils response to the issues raised during the Grants Review, the steer provided by Grants and Leaders’ Committee, how these matters have been addressed through the design and application stages of the 2017-21 Programme (outlined in Section Two of this report) and how the driver for Grants Committee - specifically ensuring a pan-London programme that complements local service delivery and responds to increased need presenting in outer London boroughs - underpins programme delivery.
2.    Note the approach to embedding equalities throughout the process and the programme, (outlined in Section Six and the Legal and Equalities Implications sections of this report) to ensure recommendations appropriately and fully take account of the Public Sector Equality Duty as set out in the 2010 Equality Act.
3.    Agree recommendations relating to Priority 1 Combatting Homelessness as outlined in Table 1 (further detail in Appendix 1). Funding is recommended for the period 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2021, at an annual level of £2,472,427 and an indicative level of £9,889,711 over four years subject to continued availability of resources, performance against the relevant service specification and adherence to the grant agreement, including the standard grant conditions. 
4.    Agree recommendations relating to Priority 2 Tackling Sexual and Domestic Violence as outlined in Table 1 (further detail in Appendix 1). Funding is recommended for the period 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2021, at an annual level of £3,700,705 and an indicative level of £14,802,821 over four years subject to continued availability of resources, performance against the relevant service specification and adherence to the grant agreement, including the standard grant conditions. 
5.    Note the reasons for not recommending funding to applications set out in Table 2 (with further detail provided in Appendix 2) and Right to Replies(and officer responses to these) set out in Appendix 5