We don't know whether the most recent response to this request contains information or not – if you are Gary Jones please sign in and let everyone know.

Funding

Gary Jones made this Freedom of Information request to Basildon Borough Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

We're waiting for Gary Jones to read a recent response and update the status.

Dear Basildon Borough Council,

This FOI seeks information in relation to funding available to residents groups set up across Basildon Council.

The newly formed PARASOL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION was formed in 2017 and have been advised by the councils residents engagement team that there is funding available for community projects, for example play equipment in parks.

Could you please provide information that relates to:

1. The total number of resident associations set up in the Basildon Council District,

2. The wards in which these groups are located across the district,

3. The total number of staff who are employed by Basildon Council in the capacity to work and engage with resident associations and residents groups.

4. Please provide a total figure / money that is available or has been assigned to support resident associations, community projects provided by Basildon Council in 2018/19.

5. Please supply the policy document that relates to the allocation of such funding. If the policy doesn’t cover how decisions are made about how funding for resident associations is allocated, then please supply relevant documentation on how decisions on awarding money is made.

5. Please provide a breakdown of the total amount of funding allocated by Basildon Council to resident associations by year for 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19

6. If funding has been previously awarded, Please provide a breakdown of the monetary value allocated to each of the groups for 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 and the purpose of that funding.

7. Finally, please provide a copy of your finance report agreed by Cabinet which highlights the financial savings required to be made as a borough for 2018/19.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Jones

Basildon Council, Email Notification, Basildon Borough Council

This email is an acknowledgement of your Legal Information
Support Request submitted on 17/10/2018. A notification will be sent to
your email address by 14/11/2018 to inform you of the outcome.

To save you time in the future, why not Do it Online. You can now use our
[1]online form to let us know of future Legal Information Support
requests.

Thank you

This message does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, policies or
procedures of Basildon Borough Council or its partners and does not give
rise to any contract, undertaking or agreement. eMail is not a secure form
of communication. Every effort has been made to ensure that this message
has been correctly addressed. It and any associated file(s) may contain
private or confidential information or details intended only for the
sender and the intended recipient. If this message is received by anyone
other than the intended recipient please delete the message and any
associated file(s) and destroy any printed copy. Please notify the sender
by a return e-mail or telephone and make them aware that the message has
been received by someone other than the intended recipient. If the subject
line of this email begins PER: then the email is a personal one and is the
personal responsibility of the sender and not Basildon Borough Council or
its partners.
If you would like to find out more about how Basildon Borough Council use
your personal data please go to www.basildon.gov.uk/privacy

References

Visible links
1. https://www5.basildon.gov.uk/report/Lega...

Basildon Council, Email Notification, Basildon Borough Council

Dear Mr G Jones

I refer to your Freedom of Information request submitted on 17/10/2018.

I have detailed below your request and the Council’s response.

 1. The total number of resident associations set up in the Basildon
Council District.  There are 8 ‘Residents Associations’ registered on
the Councils Community Database, operating in the Basildon Borough. 
In addition, there are a further 21 Community Associations, which are
involved in resident activity within their own ‘Area of Benefit’. 

 

2.  The wards in which these groups are located across the district.  All
wards

 

 1. The total number of staff who are employed by Basildon Council in the
capacity to work and engage with resident associations and residents
groups. Seven people work as part of the Community Involvement Team to
support Residents Associations, and Residents Groups: Community
Involvement Manager, 1 x Voluntary Sector Development Officer, 3 x
Community Development Officers, 2 x Resident Involvement Officers. 

 

However, the team also supports a range of other voluntary and
community groups, which operate within the borough, providing
information, advice and guidance to support a range of activities,
such as: fundraising, governance, dispute resolution, bid development,
publicity and promotion/Social Media, for a range of organisations
supporting Mental Health, Parenting, Special Needs, Young People’s and
Older People’s groups etc.  At present, a further 140 organisations
are registered on the Councils Database, which are supported on an ‘as
and when required’ basis. Not all voluntary and community sector
organisations are registered with us, and it is estimated that there
are approximately 350 voluntary and community groups and organisations
operating in the Basildon Borough.

 

 1. Please provide a total  figure / money that is available or has been
assigned to support resident associations, community projects provided
by Basildon Council in 2018/19. The Council currently has a ‘Grants to
Organisations’ budget of £16,600 for the 2018/19 financial year and a
‘Grants to Aged Person Clubs’ budget of £6,000 for the 2018/19
financial year. The funding is open to all voluntary and community
sector organisations and further details can be found  on the councils
website:
[1]http://www.basildon.gov.uk/article/3899/... .

 

However, the Community Involvement Team works with local groups and
organisations to assist them in developing applications to external
funders, such as the Big Lottery Fund, Essex Community Foundation and
Veolia Environmental Trust and others, to support local community
projects and initiatives, which is the way in which the Parasol
Residents Association is currently being supported.

 

5. Please supply the policy document that relates to the allocation of
such funding. If the policy doesn’t cover how decisions are made about how
funding for resident associations is allocated, then please supply
relevant documentation on how decisions on awarding money is made. Funding
awarded through the Grants to Organisation budget to support local
voluntary and community groups is made under the Councils  general power
of competence, Section 1 of the Localism Act 2011. Decisions on grant
funding applications are made under delegated authority by the Head of
Housing and Community Services (later amended to Assistant Director,
Communities in 2018 following internal restructure) in consultation with
the Chair, Policy and Resources Committee (later amended to Chair of the
Resources Committee in 2018, following change of administration), Cllr
Stewart Sullivan. The decision was made at the Councils Policy and
Resources Committee, held 7^th September 2017.  Minute No:406/2017
(available on the Councils website:
[2]http://www.basildonmeetings.info/documen...
).

 

5. Please provide a breakdown of the total amount of funding allocated by
Basildon Council to resident associations by year for 2015/16, 2016/17,
2017/18 and 2018/19 – £0 has been awarded to Residents Associations for
any of the years specified.

 

6. If funding has been previously awarded, Please provide a breakdown of
the monetary value allocated to each of the groups for 2015/16, 2016/17,
2017/18 and 2018/19 and the purpose of that funding. No funding has been
awarded to Residents Associations, as indicated above.

 

7. Finally, please provide a copy of your finance report agreed by Cabinet
which highlights the financial savings required to be made as a borough
for 2018/19. A report on the Draft Budget and Council Tax 2018/19
,including a three year financial forecast, went to the Councils Policy
and Resources Committee on 25^th February 2018 and was fully endorsed at
full Council 8^th February 2018. A full copy of both reports are available
on the Councils website:
[3]http://www.basildonmeetings.info/documen...
and
[4]http://www.basildonmeetings.info/documen...

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision
you should write to:

Legal Information Support Team

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally the ICO
cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure
first. The ICO can be contacted at The Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SKP 5AF

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications

You will be unable to reply to this email. If you wish to contact us
please email [Basildon Borough Council request email].

Yours sincerely

Legal Information Support Team

This message does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, policies or
procedures of Basildon Borough Council or its partners and does not give
rise to any contract, undertaking or agreement. eMail is not a secure form
of communication. Every effort has been made to ensure that this message
has been correctly addressed. It and any associated file(s) may contain
private or confidential information or details intended only for the
sender and the intended recipient. If this message is received by anyone
other than the intended recipient please delete the message and any
associated file(s) and destroy any printed copy. Please notify the sender
by a return e-mail or telephone and make them aware that the message has
been received by someone other than the intended recipient. If the subject
line of this email begins PER: then the email is a personal one and is the
personal responsibility of the sender and not Basildon Borough Council or
its partners.
If you would like to find out more about how Basildon Borough Council use
your personal data please go to www.basildon.gov.uk/privacy

References

Visible links
1. http://www.basildon.gov.uk/article/3899/...
2. http://www.basildonmeetings.info/documen...
3. http://www.basildonmeetings.info/documen...
4. http://www.basildonmeetings.info/documen...

We don't know whether the most recent response to this request contains information or not – if you are Gary Jones please sign in and let everyone know.