To receive the following draft minutes and to consider any recommendation/s contained therein:
(a) Personnel Sub-Committee 14 October 2019
(b) Community Safety Sub-Committee 21 October 2019
(c) Grants and Awards Sub-Committee 4 November 2019
The Committee received the draft minutes of the Personnel Sub-Committee held on 14 October 2019.
Item ref 18/PR Astral Park Task and Finish Group: it was confirmed the organisational change process would begin next week.
RESOLVED to receive the draft minutes of the Personnel Sub-Committee held on 14 October 2019.
The Committee received the draft minutes of the Community Sub-Committee meeting held on 21 October 2019.
Minute reference 16/CS Homeless Service Update: Councillor Harvey informed the Committee that due to pre-election purdah, no communications on Homelessness or rough sleeping were currently being issued by Central Bedfordshire Council. The Leighton-Linslade Homeless Service was developing its own communications. In order to provide information to residents about the support services available to those in need, a page had been added to the Town Council website.
Minute reference 21/CS Operational Policing: it was noted that the accommodation available at the Hub would be discussed again in January 2020.
RESOLVED to receive the draft minutes of the Community Safety Sub-Committee held on 21 October 2019.
The Committee received the draft minutes of the meeting of the Grants & Awards Sub-Committee held on 4 November 2019 and gave consideration to the recommendations contained therein, in respect of Guaranteed Grants and General Grants Schemes from 2020-2021 and Community Awards from 2021 (Minute reference 09/GA).
(i) No changes be made to grant criteria and guidelines for 2020 onwards, beyond minor amendments to ensure consistency and to bring up to date.
(ii) No changes be made to the four year term of Guaranteed Grants.
(iii) No changes be made to the £500 maximum for General Grants.
(iv) No change be made to the annual budget of £10,000 for General Grants at this time (demand to be monitored).
(v) The budget for Guaranteed Grants for 2020-21 be increased to a maxiumum of £35,000 (to be reduced thereafter if not fully allocated to approved applicants).
(i) To launch the Leighton-Linslade Community Volunteer Awards in 2021.
(ii) That nominees for the award should have given at least 5 years of voluntary service to the benefit of the town.
(iii) To remove the current prohibition on nominations for those who had served on the last Town council administration
(iv) That awards be presented each year at the Civic Service.
(v) To continue the tradition that normally a maximum of three awards would be given each year (giving scope to increase this in extraordinary circumstances).
(vi) To maintain the existing budget provision of £300 per year.
(vii) To delegate to the Town Clerk authority to determine the nature of the actual award to be presented.
(viii) To invite the TACTIC Youth Forum to put forward suggestions for a suitable award scheme for young people.
Minute reference 11/GA (Nominations for 2020 Honorary Burgess Award): the recommendation for approval of three nominations for the 2020 Honorary Burgess Award would be taken forward to the next Policy and Finance Committee Meeting on 20 January 2020 to enable more detail to be received and consent obtained from the nominees.
RESOLVED to receive the draft minutes of the Grants & Awards Sub-Committee held on 4 November 2019.