Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude and Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, today announced that charities in London would receive a total of over £4million immediate funding. The payouts are part of the second round of awards from the Transition Fund which is designed to help the charities most vulnerable to public spending cuts prepare for new opportunities being created through the Government’s Big Society agenda.
Charities benefitting from this support include The Damilola Taylor Trust, which works to reduce knife and gun crime; the Sparkplug Motorcycle Project which tackles antisocial behaviour and helps young people into work. A full table of awards is in notes to editors, all the charities will be helped to develop their services and restructure their organisations.
Nearly £15million has been awarded across England today from the Transition Fund which will now totals £107million after Care Services Minister Paul Burstow announced an additional £7million from the Department of Health.
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said:
“Big Society will open billions of pounds worth of new opportunities for charities but some need immediate support. We’ve set up the Transition Fund quickly so that the charities most vulnerable to public spending cuts won’t be left to sink or swim. The additional £7million from the Department of Health means that we can respond positively to all the strongest Transition Fund applications at this stage.”
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said:
“All the grants awarded today go to charities with robust plans for making the most of future opportunities. The extra funding from the Department of Health will give many more charities the breathing space they need to move forward and shows that the importance of their work is recognised across government.”
Paul Burstow, Care Services Minister, said:
"I am pleased that the Department of Health is giving an extra £7 million to help the Government’s Transition Fund help even more charities continue to provide vital services to their local communities. Many of these will help to support the work of NHS and care services and this is the type of joined-up working that will make a real difference to people’s experiences of care.
“Central Government can’t do everything people want in their communities – local people are better placed than officials or Ministers in Whitehall to know what their communities need. This is about a new relationship between the state and citizens, where citizens hold more power than ever before.”
Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the BIG Lottery Fund, said:
“Delivering the Transition Fund on behalf of OCS, BIG has worked hard to ensure that this hugely important funding reaches these organisations as quickly as possible. These grants will make a real difference as they enable them to prepare effectively for the future and respond to their new operating environment.”
The Transition Fund was announced in the Spending Review, October 2010. The Fund closed to applications on 21 January 2011. To date nearly 17million funding has been committed. The remaining £90million will be awarded from the fund from April 2011 onwards.
Notes to editors
- The first payments from the Transition Fund were announced in February, details are available at: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/%C2%A3100-million-transition-fund-support-charities
- The Transition Fund is managed by Big Fund, the non-Lottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund, for further details please see: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/transitionfund
- Below is a list of London awards in today’s announcement:
Plans to better shape local services around the needs of communities have been given a boost as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today unveiled funds of almost £1 million to support the development of Health and Wellbeing Boards.
Speaking at the Local Government Association Conference, he outlined the critical role the Boards will play in bringing together councillors, clinical commissioning groups and local communities to ensure patients and the public experience more joined-up health and care services in the future.
The Boards will be a part of Local Authorities and are a key part of broader plans to modernise the NHS to keep up with the increasing demand on services, an ageing population and rising costs of new drugs and treatments and ensuring high quality, efficient services for patients.
Across the country, local councils and their NHS partners are already working together to set up the Boards which will help give communities a greater say in the services needed to provide care for local people and tackle the wider influencers of health such as transport, housing and leisure services.
The announcement follows this week’s publication of the latest annual profiles from the Public Health Observatories of England on local health, revealing the stark difference between the health needs of communities. ‘Health Profiles’ show, for example, that Westminster has the widest within area life expectancy inequality gap for men at just under 17 years. So a man living in the Westminster area can conceivably expect to live almost two decades longer than his friend who lives nearby. Health and Wellbeing Boards will help ensure that local communities can have access to the services they need.
The funds will be used to:
• create a learning programme to develop solutions on key challenges around joint working between local government and the NHS;
• develop an interactive online forum, tools and events to show-case and share this learning; and
• support councillors working on Health and Wellbeing Boards.
Speaking at the LGA Conference in Birmingham, Andrew Lansley said:
“Local authorities have an in-depth understanding of the public health and care needs of their populations, but too often they haven't had the right systems in place to work with the local NHS to get the best health and wellbeing for their people.
“The reality is the NHS must modernise in order to keep up with the increasing demand on services, an ageing population and rising costs of new drugs and treatments.
“That is why we are making £1 million available to support the development of Health and Wellbeing Boards as part of Local Authorities. I want to ensure they are able to effectively support communities in getting access to the services that they need.”
Notes to editors
1. For media enquiries please contact the Department of Health news desk on 020 7210 5221.
2. Health and Wellbeing Boards will be a forum to bring together elected councillors, local authority officers, patient representatives and clinical commissioning groups to develop shared understanding of local need, develop joint local priorities, and encourage commissioners to work in a more integrated and joined up manner. The health and wellbeing board is a forum to encourage local commissioners to work together - and as a result patients and the public should experience a more joined-up service from the NHS and local councils in the future.
3. Health and Wellbeing Boards are a key part of broader plans to modernise the NHS to ensure stronger democratic legitimacy and involvement, to strengthen the working relationships between health and social care, and to encourage the development of more integrated commissioning of services. They will help give communities a greater say in analysing and addressing their local health and social care needs, and, if local people think it is appropriate, they can also involve the wider influencers of health such as transport, housing and leisure services.
4. The Government is today committing £985,000 to support the development of Health and Wellbeing Boards.
5. The funding will enable the Department of Health, alongside key partners such as the Local Government Group, to work with the Boards as they develop, supporting them to be as effective as possible in improving health and well being outcomes locally. The funds will be used to bring together local partners from across the country to identify how councils, the NHS and local communities can best use the boards to make genuine improvements to the health and wellbeing of local communities.
6. The 2011 Health Profiles are available from the Health Profiles website; which also provides further information, interactive maps and links to related online tools at: www.healthprofiles.info.
7. The Health Profiles are produced by the Public Health Observatories in England working in partnership, led by the South East Public Health Observatory www.sepho.nhs.uk
A new £30million Big Society fund to help modernise organisations that supply critical support to front-line charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises has opened for applications today, Nick Hurd, minister for Civil Society announced.
The Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme is managed by Big Fund, the non-lottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund, which has pledged a further £20million for infrastructure development in the future.
There are over 2,000 infrastructure organisations which provide services from advice to volunteer recruitment to charities in England.
This support is critical particularly for small local charities and voluntary groups.
The funding will help them join up services to avoid duplication and develop more effective online resources
Nick Hurd, minister for Civil Society, said: “We want to see a bigger, stronger society where people feel more responsibility and power to get involved and make a difference.
"This isn't new – there are already loads of people right across Britain helping to make our communities better places to live.
"What is new is the Government's commitment to transfer new powers to communities and make it easier for people to create the change they want to see.
“The £30million Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme will help improve access to high quality advice and support for people who run community groups, charities and social enterprises.
"Infrastructure organisations play a hugely important role behind the scenes. BIG’s commitment to invest a further £20million in local infrastructure is a welcome boost.”
Dharmendra Kanani, England director, Big Lottery Fund, added: “Both BIG and government have a significant track record in national investment that supports frontline voluntary organisations.
"In the past, this has not been joined up, or coordinated, often confusing those accessing support services and creating differing expectations and approaches without great impact.
“Learning from this experience, we are actively collaborating with government, signalling a break from the past, to develop a more intelligent offer based on a commitment to maximise scarce resources available in an environment of dynamic change.
"The BIG Fund administering the Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society builds on this commitment.
“Aligned to this BIG wants to invest in an infrastructure to help organisations to learn from each other; to develop a better and shared approach to measuring impact that is credible and relevant to communities and organisations; to improve the connection, skills transfer and value between the private and the voluntary sector; to de-clutter and reduce the duplication of on-line support.
“We are investing £20million to personalise the access to support services. Our aim is to develop greater choice and control of frontline organisations to decide how and when their needs are best met and supported."
Full list of Dispossessedf Fund grants announced in today's