PROCEDURE - The Committee was advised of amendments to the report at 1) recommendation 2.1 should read as detailed at 3.7 of this report; 2) the table at 3.11, category: Main Grants the Eligibility should read (see paragraph 3.6); and 3) the table at 3.11 category: Main Grants the conditions should read (see paragraph 3.4).
5.1 to receive a report to a future meeting of this Sub Committee setting out options for managing the proposed region-wide socio-economic fund, having regard to the discussion at todays meeting of the Sub-Committee. The range of options shall include: (1) a group constituted outside the Councils structure to make decisions on funding applications, with a membership including elected Council Members, community members and representatives of other stakeholder interests; (2) a sub-committee of Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee or Full Council to make decisions on funding applications (noting that no community reps would be permitted to have membership); (3) determination of grant applications by Area Committees or Area Committee Sub Committees (noting that whilst Area Committee's can co-opt community reps they have no voting rights); (4) determination of grant applications by Common Good bodies (community representatives have voting rights);
5.2 that officers make arrangements to discuss the options with the Political Groups in advance of the next meeting of this Sub-Committee;
5.3 that the fund criteria be amended to clarify the focus on local proposals and to emphasise support for rural projects and that local be included in the following bullet points:
Tackling fuel poverty and promoting renewable energy and sustainable living
Contributing to the development of affordable housing to meet local needs
Improving accessibility through development of sustainable transport solutions
Helping to build resilient, self-reliant, safer and inclusive communities
Developing skills and employment opportunities;
5.4 that Local Improvement Grants be deleted from the Grants Programme and that future reports would offer different approaches based on discussions; and
5.5 that officers will provide a written statement to be circulated to Members of the Sub-Committee in advance of its next meeting and for this to be made available on the Council website, setting out the definitive position on the use of Section 75 Planning Obligations to secure provision of community benefit.