PS22 - Community Voluntary Sector Support

Closed 19 Dec 2011

Opened 21 Sep 2011

Results Updated 16 Feb 2012

Thank you very much for all comments submitted to the savings proposals consultation. The staff and public consultation process have now concluded.  

Elected members have considered the final reports on this proposal including the staff and public views gathered during the consultation period. The decisions made are detailed below:

This proposal relates to re-tendering the contract for voluntary and community sector support at a lower cost than at present.

Supporting a thriving and effective voluntary and community sector has been a long-standing aim of the Council.  The current three year contract with Rochdale Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) to provide a range of support to the voluntary sector will end on 31 March 2012. It is proposed to extend this contract at a reduced scale whilst overall service provision is reviewed.

Proposed full year saving 2012/13: £150,000

Cabinet Decision: To be implemented with minor amendments

You can find the final proposal document, equality impact assessment, and the public summary of all proposal decisions in the files section below.

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Overview

This proposal relates to re-tendering the contract for voluntary and community sector support at a lower cost than at present.

Supporting a thriving and effective voluntary and community sector has been a long-standing aim of the Council.  To assist with this, Rochdale Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) was awarded a three-year contract following a competitive process to provide a range of support to the voluntary sector, which  is due to end on 31 March 2012.  Given the importance of the voluntary sector in supporting the Council’s new aims, we still consider it important to support the wider sector.  It is proposed that a revised contract is re-tendered and reduced in scale.

The contract includes services such as support for volunteers, support for group networking, business planning and policy and research.  Some of the services offered in the current contract have not been well used so we will not include these in the new specification.

The indicative saving for this proposal is £150,000

As the proposal will affect the workforce, the related report is exempt under the Freedom of Information Act by virtue of Section 43(2):
This Information is exempt as its disclosure under the Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person including the public authority holding it.

As the proposal will affect service users, we have undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment to identify likely or actual effects on people with protected characteristics.

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