Agenda item


[Electoral Divisions: All Copeland]


To consider a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services (copy enclosed).


This report provides Local Committee with an update on the activity undertaken by the Communities Team since its last meeting.  It is also to advise Members on their current budget position. 



Mr F Morgan declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item as a County Council appointed Board Member of Phoenix Enterprise Centre.


Members received a report that provided an update on the activity undertaken by the Community Team since the last meeting of the Committee.  The report also advised members on their current budget position.


A summary of the Local Committee Budget Summary for 2022/23 was attached to the report at Appendix 2 with new allocations approved at County Council on 10 February at Appendix 1. 


The Area Manager outlined a number of grant allocations listed in the report and updated members on revised Local Committee priorities and area planning matters.  Members were informed of Dementia Action week and the work that the team were carrying out with partners to hold a range of events and activities to raise awareness, provide information and support. 


The Area Manager reported on the allocated Environment Fund for 2022/23 and the projects proposed by members and developed with relevant partners and organisations for part of the funding.  It was reported that the Financial Summary Statement 2021-22 (at Appendix 2) showed an overspend of £82,624 for the full year against the budget of £400,000 (£200,000 Environment Fund / £200,000 COMF).  The overspend was made up of £78,792 which related to the Environment Fund and £4,633 which related to COMF.  It was noted that these costs were applied at the very end of the financial year and did not yet reflect the contributions from other parties to these works which will be made during the current financial year.  The recommendation, subsequently agreed by members, was that the overspend be deducted from the Environment Fund for 2022/23 as a temporary measure until other contributions were received.  The Area Manager agreed to discuss work on Middlebank Suspension Bridge with the Local Member for Egremont outside of the meeting.  The Local Member for Millom expressed his appreciation of the work that had taken place in the Millom area.


The Library & Customer Manager (Copeland) updated members on library services.  Members noted the reopening of services following the pandemic, expansion of services and partnership working that was taking place with the DWP using Whitehaven Library to host DWP Youth Hub appointments.  The Chair highlighted the launch of the Youth Hub project scheduled to take place on 1 June and requested that discussion take place with DWP to introduce this service in Millom.  Members were asked to contact the Area Manager with requests for attendance at the launch.  To conclude the Library and Customer Manager advised on joint working that was taking place with Allerdale and Copeland’s Public Health Teams.


The Area Manager gave a verbal update on the Copeland Town Deal programmes.  It was noted that public exhibition events would be taking place for both Cleator Moor and Millom & Haverigg Town Deal projects.  The purpose of the events was to share information, update on progress and outline key milestones with the community and other stakeholders.  Both exhibitions will include all projects within each Town’s Investment Plan.  Members noted that the Cleator Moor exhibition would be held week commencing 23 May and Millom and Haverigg would be held week commencing 20 June.


The Public Health Locality Manager updated members on public health matters advising that Covid had not gone away, encouraging the take up of Covid boosters and highlighted the cost of living crisis impacting on health and wellbeing.  A short discussion took place around NHS dentistry, the lack of NHS dentists and facilities.




1.            the contents of the report be noted;


2.            the revised priorities for 2022/23 be agreed;


3.            the Copeland Local Committee budget allocations in the 2022/23 County Council budget, as outlined in Appendix 1, be noted;


4.            the Copeland Local Committee outturn budget for 2021/22, outlined in Appendix 2, be noted;


5.            the Neighbourhood Development budget of £86,308 be allocated to the Community Development Team for 2022/23;


6.            the Money Advice Contract with Citizens Advice Copeland with an allocation of £57,060 from the Money Advice budget line be agreed;


7.            the School Crossing Patrol budget of £20,873 be allocated to fund the provision of school crossing patrols in Copeland as per the Service Level Agreement at Appendix 3;


8.            the 0-19 allocation of £55,737 be delegated to the Children & Young People’s Partnership for distribution through grant funding and commissioned services;


9.            the virement of £15,000 from the 0-19 Universal Services to the School Crossing Patrol budget to fulfil the full cost of the Service Level Agreement be agreed;


10.         the 11-19 Universal Services allocation of £24,400 to be added to the 0-19 budget for distribution through the Children & Young People’s Partnership be agreed;


11.         £54,112 General Provision budget to be distributed through grant funding applications measured against agreed local priorities be agreed;


12.         the priorities for the use of Local Committee grant funding as attached at Appendix 4, be agreed;


13.         the community grant allocations agreed since 1st April 2022 be noted and the allocations listed below ratified:-


·         £35,263 to Citizens Advice Copeland from General Provision towards the costs of a three year financial inclusion service, which includes additional capacity to address an increase in demand;

·         £17,000 to Phoenix Enterprise Centre from General Provision towards the Digital Access, Advice, Food and Support project, specifically supporting costs of the Thrift Hub Food Pantry;

·         £12,000 to Rosehill Arts Trust from a ringfenced allocation with 0-19 Universal Services to run a Copeland Collective programme from October 2022 to March 2023;

·         £21,600 to Howgill Family Centre from 0-19 Universal Services to enable all primary schools in Copeland continue to be part of the PhunkyFoods health lifestyle programme.


14.         allocations outlined in paragraph 4.24 of the report against the Environment Fund be agreed;


15.         to utilise the Environment Fund for 2022/23 to fund an overspend of £82,624 against the 2021/22 COMF and Environment Fund Budget be agreed.


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