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The next phase of ‘Levelling Up Our Communities’

Meeting: 20/09/2023 - Cabinet (Item 10)

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Decision:

Cllr Mark Hawthorne sought Cabinet approval for further investment of £1,479,954 into projects and activities that will support communities to ‘level up’ in Gloucestershire. The projects and activities would include targeted interventions to address broader levelling up issues which were not necessarily geographically based.

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Director of Public Health in consultation with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities to:

 

1. Allocate £949,954 from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) to fund targeted interventions (described in Appendix A of this report) whose purpose shall be to address broader levelling up issues which are not necessarily geographically based such as, but not exclusive to, digital inclusion, cost of living, online harms and community transport.

 

2. Allocate a top up of £530,000 from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) to the Build Back Better Councillor Scheme for the purposes of levelling up as part of the council’s ambition to ‘level up’ Gloucestershire

communities (giving an additional £10,000 to each County Councillor to spend in their division).

Minutes:

10.1    Cllr Mark Hawthorne sought Cabinet approval for further investment of £1,479,954 into projects and activities that will support communities to ‘level up’ in Gloucestershire. The projects and activities would include targeted interventions to address broader levelling up issues which were not necessarily geographically based.

 

10.2    The latest Council strategy (2022-26) built on the UK Government's Levelling Up White Paper (May 2022) by setting an ambition to 'level up' communities in Gloucestershire. Following the Levelling Up Our Communities Conference in May 2022, the Levelling Up Together grant scheme was developed and launched, as part of the first phase of 'levelling up work'. The Levelling Up Together grant scheme had funded 52 projects, working in the areas in Gloucestershire falling into the top 10% most deprived nationally (according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation, 2019).

 

10.3    The next phase of 'levelling up work' sought to go further; by focusing on issues which according to national and local evidence, exacerbate inequalities regardless of where people live.

 

10.4    Approval was sought to 'top up' the Build Back Better Councillor grant scheme by £10,000 per electoral division. Members commented that the increase was welcome and outlined the positive initiatives that had been funded already through the scheme. It was important to use the money to make a difference to the most vulnerable in communities.

 

10.5    In addition, there were four areas selected for investment: digital exclusion, impact of the increase in cost of living, online harms and vulnerable young people and access to services and community transport. The report provided details on the work that would be carried out for each of those areas working in partnership.

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Director of Public Health in consultation with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities to:

 

1. Allocate £949,954 from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) to fund targeted interventions (described in Appendix A of this report) whose purpose shall be to address broader levelling up issues which are not necessarily geographically based such as, but not exclusive to, digital inclusion, cost of living, online harms and community transport.

 

2. Allocate a top up of £530,000 from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) to the Build Back Better Councillor Scheme for the purposes of levelling up as part of the council’s ambition to ‘level up’ Gloucestershire communities (giving an additional £10,000 to each County Councillor to spend in their division).