Crisis-hit voluntary groups offered £100,000 lifeline by Wirral Council

Wirral Globe: Crisis-hit voluntary groups offered £100,000 lifeline by Wirral Council Crisis-hit voluntary groups offered £100,000 lifeline by Wirral Council

Crisis-hit voluntary organisations are to receive a £100,000 lifeline from Wirral Council.

Director of public health Fiona Johnstone has warned that with a considerable reduction in funding in the public sector smaller voluntary sector organisations face financial difficulties and could possibly fold.

In a report to next week’s cabinet budget meeting she proposed the release of £100,000 from the Public Health Outcomes Fund to support request of £3,000 or less.

Each of the peninsula’s four constituencies would received funding of £25,000.

She insists however: “This proposal seeks to address the immediate concern, although it should not be seen as a longer-term solution  as work is also ongoing to review how the council supports this sector overall.”

Each proposal will have to meet special criteria relating to increased healthy life expectancy and reduction of differences in healthy life expectancy between communities.

Councillor Chris Meaden, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “Voluntary sector organisations have contacted me and my fellow councillors with concerns about their funding, and it is for that reason we are setting up this fund, which will be administered through our constituency committees.

“We are doing this because we recognised the importance of a strong, resilient community and voluntary sector; and in the short term this will hopefully alleviate some of the pressures they face.

“However we continue to seek a sustainable, longer-term approach to supporting our community and voluntary sector.”

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1:02pm Fri 6 Dec 13

bigfoot says...

Not all that generous as the funds are from 'the dowry' brought when the Council took public health on board.When it runs out in a few years,let see if they are still generous.
Not all that generous as the funds are from 'the dowry' brought when the Council took public health on board.When it runs out in a few years,let see if they are still generous. bigfoot

5:34pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Joeblogg85 says...

A £100,000 pot with a maximum grant of £3000 will not go vey far. This funding needs more thought given to it than just giving it out via the much talked about Constituency Committees.

Over the past few years the Council has stripped out nearly £2 million from its Voluntary Sector budget, so it's no surprise that it is starting to feel the effect.

Also, the Council no longer employs a Lottery Officer and Voluntary Sector person who both supported the sector in bringing much needed funding into the borough.

My suggestion would be to support the local infrastructure organisation with the funding to enable them to employ a development worker/fundraiser for 3 years to work directly with the organisations affected. In my opinion, this will leave more of a long term legacy than this approach.
A £100,000 pot with a maximum grant of £3000 will not go vey far. This funding needs more thought given to it than just giving it out via the much talked about Constituency Committees. Over the past few years the Council has stripped out nearly £2 million from its Voluntary Sector budget, so it's no surprise that it is starting to feel the effect. Also, the Council no longer employs a Lottery Officer and Voluntary Sector person who both supported the sector in bringing much needed funding into the borough. My suggestion would be to support the local infrastructure organisation with the funding to enable them to employ a development worker/fundraiser for 3 years to work directly with the organisations affected. In my opinion, this will leave more of a long term legacy than this approach. Joeblogg85

7:37am Sat 7 Dec 13

Wirralpleb says...

Sadly WBC has abandoned the VCFS due to its self preservation of doing what it should have done years ago and run efficient services.

Ridiculously high salaries for council officers continue .Constituency Managers x4 at £47,000 pa. and directors on £120,000 pa.x 3 .
I have met community organisations some who are considering closing ,some who have taken salary cuts,some who have made redundancies .
WBC needs to get in the real world and take some financial pain like the VCFS and pay realistic salaries.
Political point scoring over replacing the £850,000 stairway that has been there.
For years.Tories may have recommended it three years ago but the Labour group control the purse strings if you haven't got the money don't spend what you supposedly haven't got.
Hopefully the electorate will wake up in the May elections and look for political representation that reflects the views of the electorate and not political partie.
Sadly WBC has abandoned the VCFS due to its self preservation of doing what it should have done years ago and run efficient services. Ridiculously high salaries for council officers continue .Constituency Managers x4 at £47,000 pa. and directors on £120,000 pa.x 3 . I have met community organisations some who are considering closing ,some who have taken salary cuts,some who have made redundancies . WBC needs to get in the real world and take some financial pain like the VCFS and pay realistic salaries. Political point scoring over replacing the £850,000 stairway that has been there. For years.Tories may have recommended it three years ago but the Labour group control the purse strings if you haven't got the money don't spend what you supposedly haven't got. Hopefully the electorate will wake up in the May elections and look for political representation that reflects the views of the electorate and not political partie. Wirralpleb

12:06pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Joeblogg85 says...

Wirralpleb wrote:
Sadly WBC has abandoned the VCFS due to its self preservation of doing what it should have done years ago and run efficient services.

Ridiculously high salaries for council officers continue .Constituency Managers x4 at £47,000 pa. and directors on £120,000 pa.x 3 .
I have met community organisations some who are considering closing ,some who have taken salary cuts,some who have made redundancies .
WBC needs to get in the real world and take some financial pain like the VCFS and pay realistic salaries.
Political point scoring over replacing the £850,000 stairway that has been there.
For years.Tories may have recommended it three years ago but the Labour group control the purse strings if you haven't got the money don't spend what you supposedly haven't got.
Hopefully the electorate will wake up in the May elections and look for political representation that reflects the views of the electorate and not political partie.
The Constituency Committee idea was another non original. This system is used elsewhere and Wirral once again followed suit.

The salary of £47k is an awful ot of money for basically co-ordinating a small local engagement team . Also, please don't forget the other staffing costs as well as on-costs. Each one must cost nearer £100k each.

I agree with the Pleb in that this is definitely an exercise in the Council looking after themselves again at the expense of the local voluntary, community and faith sector.
[quote][p][bold]Wirralpleb[/bold] wrote: Sadly WBC has abandoned the VCFS due to its self preservation of doing what it should have done years ago and run efficient services. Ridiculously high salaries for council officers continue .Constituency Managers x4 at £47,000 pa. and directors on £120,000 pa.x 3 . I have met community organisations some who are considering closing ,some who have taken salary cuts,some who have made redundancies . WBC needs to get in the real world and take some financial pain like the VCFS and pay realistic salaries. Political point scoring over replacing the £850,000 stairway that has been there. For years.Tories may have recommended it three years ago but the Labour group control the purse strings if you haven't got the money don't spend what you supposedly haven't got. Hopefully the electorate will wake up in the May elections and look for political representation that reflects the views of the electorate and not political partie.[/p][/quote]The Constituency Committee idea was another non original. This system is used elsewhere and Wirral once again followed suit. The salary of £47k is an awful ot of money for basically co-ordinating a small local engagement team . Also, please don't forget the other staffing costs as well as on-costs. Each one must cost nearer £100k each. I agree with the Pleb in that this is definitely an exercise in the Council looking after themselves again at the expense of the local voluntary, community and faith sector. Joeblogg85

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