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The Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills, and Corporate Services considered the report which sought approval to accept £668,138 European Social Fund (ESF) revenue funding to deliver additional employment support and employer engagement through Haringey Works and intermediate labour market support (10 fully-funded placements for 6 months at London Living Wage) with a focus on residents who have most impacted by the pandemic. The funding would allow for additional employment advisors and an employer engagement post to be created in Haringey Works as well as a business manager and administrator to support the roll out and ongoing delivery of the programme. The programme would provide additional capacity to deliver against the Good Economy Recovery Plan and associated Employment and Skills Recovery Action Plan (ESRAP) priorities supporting residents into good work during a period of high unemployment.
The report was considered by the Cabinet Member for Employment and Corporate Services as Contract Standing Order (CSO) 17.1 stated where the Council receives a grant from an external body, the process for approving or varying the agreement for the grant shall be the same as that set out in CSO 9.07 (i.e. the Director may approve receipt of a grant valued less than £500,000. For approval of receipt of grants valued at £500,000 or more, a Cabinet decision was required).
Notification of the successful bid was not received until October 2021 with a proposed start date for this additional capacity of 4 January 2022 with staff expected to be in post by 13 December 2021. In order to meet pressing programme deadlines, this item has been tabled for the earliest Cabinet Member signing available. A letter of the Outcome of ESF Full Application Appraisal could be found in the appendices to the report which included the Borough Revenue Breakdown.
The Cabinet Member RESOLVED
To approve the implementation of Contract Standing Order 9.07.1d and Contract Standing Order 17.1 (all contracts valued at £500,000 (five hundred thousand pounds) or more at the time of award may only be awarded, assigned, or novated by the Cabinet) and approve receipt of the European Social Fund (ESF) grant of £668,138 for the Connecting Communities programme to provide for additional capacity for employment and skills support for Haringey residents.
Reasons for decision
On 12 May 2021, Members of the Central London Board (Borough Leaders with CEOs in attendance), agreed to submit a proposal to ESF to deliver employment support provision across the twelve CLF boroughs. The acceptance of the grant follows on from the success of the proposal. The ESF funding was secured through a partnership bid called ‘Connecting Communities’ with the 12 Central London Forward (CLF) boroughs. CLF staff worked closely with the boroughs to develop and submit the proposal in June 2021 following approval from the CLF Board in May 2021.
This bid responds to the aim of the ESRAP to support Haringey residents adversely affected by the economic impact of Covid. This programme will support the ‘Targeted Approach’ workstream of the ESRAP, the objective of which ... view the full minutes text for item 57.