Issue - meetings

Match Funding Application - Diss Rugby Club

Meeting: 05/04/2011 - Cabinet (Item 40)

Match Funding Application - Diss Rugby Club

Minutes:

The Cabinet at its meeting on 30 November 2010 recommended that the Diss Rugby Club Match Funding Application be deferred subject to a review by the Audit Committee (Cabinet Minute 121/10 refers).

 

The Audit Committee considered and reviewed the current eligibility criteria of Breckland Council’s grant schemes and the Diss Rugby Club Match Funding application.  The Chairman and Members fully supported what the Club was trying to achieve and recommended that no changes be made to the eligibility criteria subject to all applications being value for money to Breckland residents.

 

The Executive Member for Corporate Development & Performance queried the recommendation in relation to eligibility criteria and asked if anything was going to be put in place.

 

The Director of Community Services advised that no changes would be made to the criteria and each application would be judged on its merits.

 

The Overview & Scrutiny Commission Chairman pointed out that the report highlighted that 16.1% of the Club’s membership were Breckland residents.  He believed that the Audit Committee had reached the right decision.

 

The Vice-Chairman stated that the Grant Panel had looked into this application in great detail and he was pleased that this was now moving forward. 

 

Members were informed that this matter had been brought to the Committee’s attention by a concern raised by a Watton resident.

 

The Chairman felt that it was only right and proper that Breckland Council was seen to be giving value to its residents and highlighted the fact that funding should not be stopped in such areas just because of a line on the map.

 

Options

 

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Reasons

 

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RESOLVED that:

 

1)           the funding application for Diss Rugby Football Club totalling the amount of £20,000 be approved;

2)           no changes be made to the eligibility criteria for Match Funding applications, subject to it being value for money to Breckland residents;

3)           a protocol be put in place to ensure that the local authority within which the organisation was based matched or exceeded the grant requested from Breckland; and

4)           each case to be judged on its merits.