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CANCELLED – South Gloucestershire Better Care Stronger Communities Grants Consultation – 12th December, 2018
December 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Please note cancelled – South Gloucestershire Council statement below:
Resources available to the council continue to diminish, while the demand for our services and the support provided by the voluntary and community sector continues to grow. We need to take some long term decisions about the future of our funding for groups and services through Better Care Stronger Communities and in order to do so we need to consult with the community and voluntary sector. We now plan to run a 12-week consultation exercise before the summer next year, to help inform decisions later that year, which would take effect from April 2020. In the meantime, to ensure that currently funded organisations can continue to provide support, we will extend existing commissioning contracts by up to 12 months.
South Gloucestershire Council has a strong track-record of working with and supporting the local voluntary and community sector. The current Better Care Stronger Communities Grants have offered stability to the sector with 3 year funding arrangements. National austerity measures and increasing demand for statutory services means that the Council has to make significant savings across all of our budgets. All areas of the Councils activity have savings targets to achieve. We want to continue supporting the voluntary sector in South Gloucestershire to thrive but also need to make reductions in the level of funding available.
From 7th of December we will be consulting, for 12 weeks, on the level of funding reduction and the process for award of the reduced funding envelope for some voluntary sector funding and the Better Care Stronger Communities Grants. The results of the consultation will inform our final decision, which will be taken in March 2019.
The full details of the consultation can be found on our web pages from 7th December. The link will be shared through the Care Forum and CVS bulletins when available.
South Gloucestershire Council are holding 2 meetings to share information on the funding envelope, the proposed tender process and to share what we are looking to achieve from this funding. These have been reorganised from the November events that were previously promoted.
Come along to have your say on what you think South Gloucestershire Council’s Better Care Stronger Communities Grants funding priorities should be and understand how any changes implemented could affect your organisation.