Cabinet considered a report by Executive Director of Adults and Health.
Cabinet approved that the fund available for the Local Assistance Network grant allocations for 2019/20 be £100,000 and for the fund to be allocated in line with the priorities identified in section 3. of the report.
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17.1 Cabinet considered a report by Executive Director of Adults and Health.
17.2 Mrs Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults & Health introduced the report explaining that following a direct consultation with the providers the proposal was to continue to support individuals in the most immediate crisis and the smallest social enterprise providers. She confirmed that this proposal had taken account of the Task & Finish Groups recommendations.
17.3 Mr Bryan Turner, Chairman of Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee, stated that his Committee had delegated review of this proposal to a Task and Finish Group and that he was pleased that their recommendations had been taken into account.
17.4 Mr Michael Jones, Leader of the Labour Group, stated that his group opposed any further reductions to the LAN and therefore asked Cabinet not to support this proposal. He did welcome the proposal to maintain the level of funding for foodbanks.
17.5 Cabinet Members spoke in support of the proposal. They referred to the fact that Citizens Advice Bureaux are already supported in that the County Council provides core funding of £350,000 per annum separate to the LAN. They also stated that the allocation proposed for Children and Family Centres will be based on actual spend in previous years.
17.6 Mrs Jupp also referred to a public health fund of £387,000 that is being given to Stonepillow and Turning Tides to allow them to help single people at Accident & Emergency who may require services other than hospital services. She also highlighted that a number of the foodbanks had secured other funding sources.
17.7 RESOLVED that Cabinet approve that the fund available for the Local Assistance Network grant allocations for 2019/20 be £100,000 and for the fund to be allocated in line with the priorities identified in section 3. of the attached report.