Local democracy during coronavirus

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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: The Thornton Room - Ground Floor, West Offices (G039). View directions

Contact: Angela Bielby  Democracy Officer

Webcast: video recording

Items
No. Item

10.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, the Executive Members are asked to

declare:

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of

Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.

Minutes:

The Executive Member was asked to declare, at this point in the meeting, any personal interests, not included on the Register of Interests, or any prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests that he might have in respect of business on the agenda. None were declared.

11.

Minutes

To approve and sign the minutes of the Decision Session held on 9 March 2020 (to follow).

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the Decision Session on 9 March be approved at the next meeting.

12.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting, members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. The deadline for registering is 5:00pm on Friday 13 March 2020. Members of the public can speak on agenda items or matters within the Executive Member’s remit.

 

To register to speak please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting, on the details at the foot of the agenda.

 

Filming, Recording or Webcasting Meetings

Please note that, subject to available resources, this meeting will be filmed and webcast, or recorded, including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The broadcast can be viewed at http://www.york.gov.uk/webcasts or, if recorded, this will be uploaded onto the Council’s website following the meeting.

 

Residents are welcome to photograph, film or record Councillors and Officers at all meetings open to the press and public. This includes the use of social media reporting, i.e. tweeting.  Anyone wishing to film, record or take photos at any public meeting should contact the Democracy Officer (contact details are at the foot of this agenda) in advance of the meeting.

 

The Council’s protocol on Webcasting, Filming & Recording of Meetings ensures that these practices are carried out in a manner both respectful to the conduct of the meeting and all those present.  It can be viewed at

 

https://www.york.gov.uk/downloads/file/11406/protocol_for_webcasting_filming_and_recording_of_council_meetings_20160809

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme. 

 

13.

Approval of Financial Inclusion Innovation Fund Awards pdf icon PDF 333 KB

This report seeks approval of the recommended award of £100,000 of grants to fund six projects to deliver financial inclusion activities in the city. The approval of the grants for the schemes comes following a round of competitive bids and a selection panel process.

Decision:

Resolved: That approval be given to the award of £100,000 of grants to fund the following six projects to deliver financial inclusion activities in the city:

 

1.   5,500 to the Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY) Benefits Advocacy project to provide advocacy support to help with applications, assessments and appeals

 

2.   £13,000* to the Citizens’ Advice York Financial Inclusion at GP surgeries project to continue to develop co-ordinated advice work located in GP practices

 

3.    £30,026 to Citizens’ Advice York Advice, Information & Budgeting in community settings project to continue to provide and develop community settings for advice

 

4.   £23,426 to the Peasholme Charity My Money, My Life project to continue delivery if its financial capability pathway service

 

5.   £12,898 to the Welfare Benefits Unit Universal Credit Focus project to continue to provide second tier in depth support to advisers

 

6.   £15,150* Changing Lives Financial & Social Inclusion Worker project to support vulnerable and hard to reach residents to gain financial independence.

 

* Note: two bids were partially funded

 

Reason:     To ensure that funds set aside to support the delivery of financial inclusion activity are allocated appropriately.

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered a report that sought approval of the recommended award of £100,000 of grants to fund six projects to deliver financial inclusion activities in the city. The approval of the grants for the schemes followed a round of competitive bids and a selection panel process.

 

The Assistant Director Customer and Digital Services and the Strategic Manager Corporate Strategy and City Partnerships were in attendance to present the report. The Assistant Director Customer and Digital gave an overview of the report.

 

In response to questions raised by the Executive Member and Executive Member for Housing and Safer Communities, Officers confirmed that:

·        The themes outlined in paragraphs 3 – 6 of the report would be included as an addendum to future reports

·        In relation to the award of 50% funding for two bids, feedback on the outcome of the bids would be communicated to all bidders.

·        The council was waiting for further information on the £10million fund to help people in receipt of universal credit to move away from it. This could be explored with York CVS and discussions with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on this were already taking place.

·        In order to continue to get the level of innovation, there was the challenge long term in terms of the mainstreaming of CAY funding. There would be a review on the outcomes of the exercise and the council would like to work with more partners.

 

The Executive Member then;

 

Resolved: That approval be given to the award of £100,000 of grants to fund the following six projects to deliver financial inclusion activities in the city:

 

1.   5,500 to the Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY) Benefits Advocacy project to provide advocacy support to help with applications, assessments and appeals

 

2.   £13,000* to the Citizens’ Advice York Financial Inclusion at GP surgeries project to continue to develop co-ordinated advice work located in GP practices

 

3.    £30,026 to Citizens’ Advice York Advice, Information & Budgeting in community settings project to continue to provide and develop community settings for advice

 

4.   £23,426 to the Peasholme Charity My Money, My Life project to continue delivery if its financial capability pathway service

 

5.   £12,898 to the Welfare Benefits Unit Universal Credit Focus project to continue to provide second tier in depth support to advisers

 

6.   £15,150* Changing Lives Financial & Social Inclusion Worker project to support vulnerable and hard to reach residents to gain financial independence.

 

* Note: two bids were partially funded

 

Reason:     To ensure that funds set aside to support the delivery of financial inclusion activity are allocated appropriately.

 

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