This consultation exercise will help London Councils decide whether the grants programme should continue past March 2017 and if it does what the priorities of the programme should be from 1 April 2017.
The consultation will also inform London Councils’ decisions on any future budget and allocation of resources to projects that deliver the priorities.
This consultation will also inform an equalities impact assessment. The Equality Act 2010 requires public bodies to tackle disadvantage and discrimination[i].Particular groups are covered against discrimination as they have protected characteristics (listed below). As such London Councils must must have due regard to effects of these decisions on the nine protected equalities groups.
- Age (including both children, young persons and those over 50)
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual Orientation
Equalities considerations are central to London Councils grants programme and underpin the funding priorities, which focus on creating opportunities for Londoners and addressing inequality.
Further details on the equalities information across each priority can be found here
Please read this document for an outline of the programme and the groups that are currently benefiting.
Subject to the outcomes of this consultation, it is planned to invite applications for the delivery of new projects in the summer of 2016; following assessment by London Councils and recommendations to members, new projects would start as soon as practicable after 1 April 2017.
The timetable for this consultation and, should the grants programme continue, the proposed start of a new grants programme is:
- Launch of consultation: Friday 24 July 2015
- Close of consultation: Friday 2 October 2015
- Evaluation of the results of the consultation including initial equalities impact assessment: October 2015
- Recommendations to Grants Committee and the Leaders’ Committee - November and December 2015 - on future of programme and future priorities (as appropriate)
- In March 2016, advise Grants Committee on activities within any new priorities and the service specifications needed to secure delivery of these
- Invite proposals in Summer 2016 to deliver services that are set out in the specifications
- In November 2016, assess proposals for services based on new service specifications, subject to agreement of resources and recommendations to members
- New services to start on 1 April 2017
The full Equalities Impact Assessment, including collated consultation results, will be published on the London Councils website.
How to complete this consultation
This consultation includes a number of questions, some of which ask you to summarise your reasons for giving the response/responses that you do. It may take some time to complete. However, you can save your partially completed responses at any time, and come back to where you left off at a later date to complete. To do this you will need to register here.
To save your responses please press the "save draft" icon at the bottom of each screen. You can also use the "previous" button at the bottom of each screen so that you can go back to review/amend previous answers should you so wish.
When you have completed the questions, you will need to submit your response by clicking on a "submit" button. If you do not do this, your response will not be received and will therefore not be considered. Once you have submitted your response, you will be unable to review/change your answers.
Please ensure you have responded to this consultation by 5pm Friday 2 October 2015. Please be advised that responses received after this deadline will not be considered.
Please note that your answers to some questions will reveal additional questions in the survey to give you an opportunity to provide further details.
Finally, please note that information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998).
If you have any queries about the consultation or need the survey in a different format such as large print, please contact Katy Makepeace-Gray on 020 7934 9800 or at [email protected]