that the Council was successful in its bids to the Department for Education (DfE) for the
Children’s Homes Capital Programme 2021-23 and was awarded two separate DfE grants (Appendix A and Appendix
B) to contribute funding towards the:
1.1.1 Development of a short stay Adolescent Assessment Resource &
Residential Centre (AARRC); providing up
to £120,914.76 towards completion of the
conversion works at Combwell Crescent to support adolescents aged 11 to 17 suffering
from placement instability or breakdown as well as outreach provision (“the
1.1.2 Creation of integrated
‘staying close’ provision at Broadwalk Children’s Home; providing up to £110,000
towards installation of a self-contained semi-independent studio unit for young
people aged 17 years, who are currently in our care to help them transition to
independent living (“the Broadwalk scheme”).
Noted that on 24th February 2022 Full Council
approved the updated corporate capital programme within the Treasury Management
and Capital Strategy 2022/23. The corporate capital programme contained
approved unallocated contingencies that can fund the additional £110,000 required
for the Broadwalk scheme.
Noted that on 15th March 2021 the
Cabinet Lead for Regeneration and Good Growth approved a Scheme and Estimate
(S&E) report for the conversion of an existing School House to a C2 Short
Stay Adolescent Residential Assessment Unit, Combwell Crescent. Since agreement
of the S&E, unforeseen events during construction have meant an increase in
the initial estimate and this increase is being met through the grant referred
to in 1.1 above.
to the Director of Children’s Services in consultation with the Director of
Legal Services and Director of Finance to enter into the grant agreements
relating to 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 above with the DfE.
Agreed a match funding contribution from the
Council towards 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 and note that this report represents the scheme
and estimate report required to proceed with the development of the Broadwalk Scheme
and budget variation of the AARRC scheme.
Noted that a building contract for the Broadwalk
scheme has not yet been tendered and the detailed design work is to be
finalised. Whilst there is a risk allowance built into the budget to cater for
this, due to the stage the project is at, it is difficult to accurately predict
the project costs. Award of contract is to follow the appropriate delegated
Delegated to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise,
and Skills in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services the
authority to vary the schemes in accordance with identified priorities.