Issue - meetings

Breckland Community Car Schemes

Meeting: 09/09/2008 - Cabinet (Item 124)

Breckland Community Car Schemes - Reference from the O&SC


The Commission had considered a report on the Breckland Community Car Schemes and proposals for the future delivery of this service.  It had also considered that there was a need for substantially more funding than the £10,000 proposed if the Council was to achieve the aims to expand the scheme and to support existing schemes in the future.  It had been suggested that a more realistic figure of £100,000 be considered. It had been further suggested that the Council should meet the costs of the CRB and medical checks.


The Chief Executive felt that more clarity was required as there was a significant difference between £10,000 and £100,000 and that officers should provide a further report on costs.


Although there were a number of concerns with regard to the funding, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s comment that seldom had any Council initiative been so unanimously supported was noted.


RECOMMEND to Council that:


1)           robust governance arrangements and legal agreements between Breckland Council and all scheme operators and volunteer drivers be put in place as a requirement to qualify for funding support;


2)           the principle of substantial funding for new and existing Community Car Schemes, to include meeting costs of required CRB and medical checks be supported; and


3)           a further report be submitted to the Council to establish full costs and clear reasoning for greater investment in this scheme.