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					Grants Committee
Second Tier Services for Disability                                     Item no: 23
Sector
Report by:        Clare Kiely                     Job title    Policy & Grants Manager

Date:             12 July 2006

Contact Officer: Clare Kiely

Telephone         020 7934 9795         Email    Clare.kiely@alg.gov.uk


Summary                  In March 2006 ALG Grants Elected Officers agreed to ring fence
                         £283,500 previously provided to Greater London Action on Disability
                         (GLAD) for second tier disability services and requested that the
                         commissioning of new services be prioritised.

                         A consultation event with key stakeholders was held on 7 June 2006
                         and those present identified the provision of strategic policy and
                         capacity building support as priorities.

                         There is currently no single organisation able to provide services at a
                         pan London level and a new organisation may be needed to provide
                         pan London second tier services. A pan London steering group and
                         initial steps to set up a new organisation was proposed.

                         The ALG has consulted with potential funders including Big Lottery
                         Fund, City Parochial Trust, Bridge House Trust, LDA and GLA to
                         develop a specification for the development of a new pan London
                         second tier disability organisation. There is good potential for match
                         funding.

Recommendation:          That members agree to:

                            1. Allocate £10,000 to retain a consultant to support further
                               consultation and facilitate a pan London steering group of
                               disability organisations to assist the creation of a new second
                               tier organisation for the disability sector in London.
                            2. Agree the draft specification for second tier disability services,
                               set out at Appendix 1 and to commence further consultation on
                               the details of the specification to ensure it meets the needs of
                               the disability sector in London.
Background
   1. In March 2006 ALG Grants Elected Officers withdrew funding of £283,500 from GLAD
      (Greater London Action on Disability) due to concerns regarding the organisation’s level of
      performance. GLAD did not submit an appeal against this decision, the organisation is now
      closed.

   2. GLAD was the primary provider of pan London second tier services to the disability sector
      in London. Due to its closure there is a now a significant gap in the provision of these types
      of services and this is impacting upon the ability of borough disability organisations to
      provide adequate services to their members and on the level of understanding of the needs
      of disabled people by key decision makers.

   3. ALG Grants Elected Officers agreed to ring fenced the funding provided to GLAD
      (£283,500) in recognition of the importance of second tier disability services and requested
      that the commissioning of new services be prioritised.

The new service

   4. A consultation event with key stakeholders was held on 7 June 2006 to gather the views of
      disability organisations in London on what type of second tier services are needed by the
      disability sector. Attendees identified the provision of strategic policy and campaigning
      services and capacity building support as priorities. There is currently no single
      organisation able to provide these services at a pan London level.

   5. It was agreed that a new organisation of disabled people should be created, run by
      disabled people for disabled people with representation of the range of disabilities and
      minority groups from all boroughs. In order for the organisation to be representative,
      accountable and successful, stakeholders agreed that a consultant should be retained to
      set up a steering group to build on the momentum of the consultation event and take initial
      steps to set up a new organisation.

   6. The new service will provide support to frontline disability organisations in London and
      promote the needs of disabled Londoners to key decision makers and service providers.
      The new service should meet the ten essential and desirable core functions of second tier
      organisations agreed by Grants Committee in April 2001.

       The 6 Essential Core Functions:
      Identifying the needs of their sector and working towards meeting them;
      Delivering quality improvement, benchmarking and promoting value for money within their
       sector;
      Improving the volume, quality and sustainability of funding to their sector;
      Improving the quality of sectoral infrastructure, with a particular focus on information and
       communications technology;
      Building diversity into the mainstream of their own provision and within their sector;
      Working effectively on an out-of-sector basis – building effective links for their sector with
       key and emerging London partners;

       The 4 Desirable Core Functions:
      Encouraging contributions to active citizenship in London.
      Providing training and/or development activity for and on behalf of their sector;
      Policy development;
      Lobbying, raising the profile of their sector
   7. The ALG has consulted with potential funders including Big Lottery Fund, City Parochial
      Trust, Bridge House Trust, LDA and GLA to develop a specification for the development of
      a new pan London second tier disability organisation. There is good potential for match
      funding.

   8. A draft service specification for second tier disability services attached as Appendix 1 has
      been submitted to Grants Committee for agreement as the basis for further consultation.

   9. Further consultation on the service specification is needed to make sure that services the
      ALG commissions meet the needs of the disability sector in London this will be undertaken
      by the pan London disability steering group. Potential funders have agreed that the
      proposed service specification and tender process will be managed by the ALG.

   10. Consultation on the service specification will be undertaken by the ALG and the second tier
       disability steering group. Strategic partnership arrangements will be made with potential
       funders including Big Lottery Fund, City Parochial Trust, Bridge House Trust, LDA and
       GLA.

   11. A further report detailing progress with the development of the second tier disability
       organisation will be provided to Grants Elected Officers.

Recommendation:            That members agree to:

                               1. Allocate £10,000 to retain a consultant to facilitate a pan London
                                  steering group of disability organisations resulting in the creation
                                  of a new second tier organisation for the disability sector in
                                  London.
                               2. Agree the draft specification for second tier disability services
                                  and to commence further consultation on the details of the
                                  specification to ensure it meets the needs of the disability sector
                                  in London.


Appendix

   1. Draft specification for second tier disability services

				
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