Manchester City Council

Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Our Manchester VCS Fund Task and Finish Group
Thursday, 31st January, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Antechamber. View directions

Contact: Rachel McKeon 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 3 January 2019.




To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 3 January 2019.


Final Report and Recommendations pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Report of the Our Manchester VCS Fund Task and Finish Group


This report presents the findings and conclusions of the Our Manchester VCS Fund Task and Finish Group. The Task and Finish Group carried out an investigation into the implementation of the new Our Manchester VCS Fund programme and the first funding round. Once agreed by the Task and Finish Group, the final report will be submitted to the Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee.


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The Task and Finish Group considered the Group’s draft final report and recommendations, which they were invited to comment on and agree.  The report set out the background to the establishment of the Task and Finish Group, its objectives and the draft final recommendations, which related to communication, co-design, decision making and programme management and strategic development.


A Member advised that it was important that the co-design process was not dominated by larger organisations and that grassroots, local community groups were able to contribute.  The Programme Lead agreed that this was important, stating that this was already built into the programme but that this could be made more explicit in the report.


Members discussed the recommendation that consideration be given to holding back some funds for allocation to underfunded and underrepresented areas and communities.  A Member suggested that this could be more accurately described as money which was ring-fenced or reserved, rather than held back.  Another Member suggested that this should be a percentage of the available funding.  The Programme Lead agreed that the recommendation should be amended to state that a percentage of the funding would be ring-fenced.  The Deputy Leader advised that, where the funding was from another organisation, this would have to be done with that organisation’s agreement.


A Member reported that it was important that the Assessment Panel came from a wide range of backgrounds and requested that Members be informed of who was on the Assessment Panel before this was made public.  He also stated that it was important that small grassroots groups did not unfairly miss out where larger organisations were providing services across multiple wards.  The Programme Lead advised Members that this was built into the process as decisions were made based on the evidence provided and on groups having a Manchester-based connection, rather than larger organisations being favoured.  The Deputy Leader informed Members that organisations had to state on the application form which wards they would be working in.


 Members discussed situations where the plans of a VCS group conflicted with other Council priorities, for example regeneration plans, and how collaborative working between different Council services and VCS groups should be used to identify a solution.  The Deputy Leader advised Members of cases where creative solutions had been identified to such issues and reported that the Council would try to find solutions wherever possible.  In response to a Member’s question, the Programme Lead informed Members about discussions taking place with housing providers and the Council’s Corporate Property service about how different partners could align their strategies and work together better on asset development and Community Asset Transfers.  A Member advised that this work should also include parks.  The Chair commented that the rent charged to community groups needed to be more transparent and consistent. 


A Member asked how Members’ knowledge of VCS groups in their wards could be captured.  The Deputy Leader reported that Ward Councillors usually informed her if they had any concerns about VCS groups in their ward.  A Member  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.