Decision details

Mobile Warden Scheme Grant Funding 2019/20

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Finance

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

The purpose of this decision is to allocate grants to a number of Mobile/Community Warden Schemes as part of the Council’s scheme of grants to the voluntary sector.

 

Mobile and Community Wardens Schemes (sometimes called Community Care Schemes) exist in South Cambridgeshire to support older people to live independently in their homes and in the community they know, and which knows them.

 

The warden schemes are complementary to statutory care services and do not duplicate or replace the medical or social care services that individuals may also require.  They can help to combat loneliness and social isolation and can provide significant benefits to clients at relatively low cost.  They are seen by clients and their families as a vital community-based service.

 

South Cambridgeshire District Council has been providing grant funding to Mobile and Community Warden Schemes for many years.  The grant application process was run from November to January.

 

Grants Advisory Committee recommended to fund the Mobile Warden Schemes to the sum of £23,410 in order to fund the new and returning schemes in addition to funding previously awarded schemes to the same level as in 2018/19.

Decision:

To award the Mobile Warden Schemes the grant funding for 2019/20 as per table 1 below.

 

To support a valuable community led service within each of these wards/villages in keeping with the Council’s aims and objectives.

 

The decision to award the grants as per Table 1 was made taking into consideration:

a)    the amount of grant requested,

b)    the fees charged by each scheme to the client,

c)    the number of clients supported in the previous year,

d)    income and expenditure for the previous year,

e)    the schemes finances, and

f)     the amount of reserved and unreserved funding.

 

 

Scheme

Grant Awarded 2019/20 (£)

Amount Awarded 2018/19 (£)

Reason(s)

Histon & Impington (Age UK)

2,520

2,520

Increase from 2018/19 due to additional new schemes.

Swavesey (Age UK)

1,240

1,240

Small Villages (Age UK)

3,040

3,040

Teversham (Age UK)

1,600

1,600

Waterbeach (Age UK)

1,300

n/a

Linton (Age UK)

2,500

2,500

Stapleford (Age UK)

1,000

n/a

Cottenham

1,800

1,200

Uplift to reflect low reserves and increased client charge.

Harston

1,250

1,250

 

Haslingfield

250

250

 

Melbourn

2,200

2,200

 

Milton

2,155

2,155

 

The Mordens & Litlington

2,155

2,155

 

Great Shelford

1,000

n/a

Great Shelford has not applied every year.  They last applied in 2016/17.

TOTAL

23,410

20,110

 

 

Table 1: Proposed Grant Allocation

 

Alternative options considered:

Option 1: To not award funding to any/all of the schemes applying for funding.

 

This option was rejected due to the valuable work that the schemes do in the District.  The schemes provided the information required to satisfy the grant criteria as part of the application process.

 

Option 2: To award alternative amounts of funding to any/all of the schemes. 

 

This option was rejected.  Grants Advisory Committee recommended funding schemes to the same level as in 2018/19 plus the new/re-applying schemes to the amounts they requested.

Publication date: 28/02/2019

Date of decision: 28/02/2019

Effective from: 08/03/2019

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