Decision details

Funding of Information, Advice and Guidance services within the voluntary sector JUL19/CMDN/27

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

The Cabinet Member approved the award of specific grants to Voluntary and Community Sector organisations for the continued funding of services relating to the Peterborough Community Assistance Scheme from the date this decision becomes effective up to 31 March 2020 as outlined in section 4.6 and below:

 

Organisation

Amount requested

Kingsgate Community Church

£105,000 (£80,000 grant for management and operations of CareZone and foodbanks & £25,000 to supply white goods)

Rainbow Savers Credit Union

£52,000

Total

£157,000

 

Reasons for the decision:

PCAS delivers essential assistance to clients who are in financial crisis.  The scheme acts as a safety net to the city and supports people who in many cases cannot afford the basics such as food, energy or furniture.  The scheme supports clients to better manage their money, tackle debt issues and provides support to help claim for a range of welfare benefits, including Universal Credit.

 

Should funding for Kingsgate Community Church and Rainbow Savers Credit Union not continue, the impact to the Council and wider public sector will be significant and would lead to increased demand on services across numerous areas.  

 

Alternative options considered:

Cease funding to PCAS – this option is rejected for the reasons set out above in terms of the impact it would have to council services, additional costs and impact on vulnerable people.

 

Fund PCAS at a reduced level – this option is also rejected as continuity of funding is required.  Reduced funding will lead to services being reduced or withdrawn as they would no longer be viable to deliver.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None

Background Documents:

None

Publication date: 23/07/2019

Date of decision: 23/07/2019

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