ADD2056 Trust for London Citizenship and Integration Initiative

Type of decision: 
Assistant Director's decision
Code: 
ADD2056
Date signed: 
20 December 2016
Decision by: 
Amanda Coyle, Assistant Director, Health and Communities

Executive summary

Trust for London will launch a new Citizenship and Integration Initiative with a goal of raising £1 million by 2020 to support the Mayor’s commitment to building a more socially integrated city. 

The Initiative will be independent but seeks to advance shared goals of encouraging active citizenship, social integration and shared identities among all of London’s residents. 

The GLA will agree a memorandum of understanding with Trust for London to support specific activities in support of these objectives. An Advisory Panel will be established and the GLA will be a key player in this to actively work in partnership with funders and civil society to agree the objectives and skills of pro bono secondments in particular. The GLA will receive the secondments at no additional financial cost. The GLA will match secondments with existing Diversity & Social policy team resource.  There will be some in-kind cost to the GLA (e.g. in relation to providing desk space) and this will be absorbed by the GLA. 
 

Decision

That the Assistant Director of Health and Communities approves:

1. That the GLA agrees an MOU with Trust for London and sits on the Advisory Panel of the Trust for London Citizenship and Integration board.
 
2. That the GLA receives a minimum of two and up to five secondments enabled by the Citizenship and Integration Initiative at no additional financial cost to the GLA.
 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

There is a real opportunity to work with Trust for London on their new Citizenship and Integration Initiative. The Initiative is a pooled funding with a goal of raising £1 million by 2020 to support the Mayor’s commitment to building a more socially integrated city. 

The Initiative will be independent but seeks to advance shared goals of encouraging active citizenship, social integration and shared identities among all of London’s residents. 

The Initiative will fund secondments from charities/civil society into the GLA to carry out elements of the social integration work programme that the Initiative’s advisory board believe will advance the goals of the Initiative.  Where appropriate, the Initiative will also co-fund specific programmes and projects on integration and citizenship, for example supporting charities and partners delivering aligned work in pursuit of shared objectives.

A memorandum of understanding will be developed between the GLA and Trust for London, and the GLA will be a member of the Trust for London Citizenship and Integration Initiative Advisory Panel. 

Existing GLA resource (in the Diversity and Social Policy team) will form the GLA ‘match’ to the first two secondees.
 
The secondees will sit within the wider Diversity and Social Policy team which includes staff focused on fairness and equality (social mobility) and community engagement. Secondment agreements will be established between the GLA and the employing civil society organisation. 
 

Objectives and expected outcomes

The main objective is to encourage active citizenship and social integration, and to celebrate diversity and build shared identity. We believe there are a number of shared priorities between the GLA and civil society stakeholders. In particular: 
•    Increasing civic engagement 
•    Supporting young Londoners to secure their legal rights to residence 
•    Celebrating diversity and building shared identities 

We think that the best way for the GLA to make progress on these priorities is in partnership with civil society. London’s civil society organisations already work in many of these areas and would be able to bring particular on-the-ground experience, skills and expertise to enable significant progress at a city level. 
 

Equality comments

This proposal enables the GLA to build capacity and benefit from civil society expertise to take forward specific initiatives to foster good relations between London’s diverse communities, as well as advancing equality of opportunity for London’s diverse communities.  

 

Other considerations

This model enables the GLA to benefit from existing expertise and demonstrate new models of partnership working with civil society. 

The independence of the Initiative and the GLA’s place on the Advisory Panel provides the GLA with an appropriate level of input to the direction of the Initiative.
 

Financial comments

5.1    There are no direct financial implications for the GLA and the agreed in-kind support is limited to desk space.  It should be noted, that future costs that may arise from work undertaken by the core GLA must be contained within available budget provision in the C&I Directorate and be subject to approval via the Authority’s decision-making process. 

 

Planned delivery approach and next steps

The suggested timescales below have not yet been agreed with Trust for London but are set out to provide an indication of next steps. Given that this is a new way of working for many partners in London, the suggested timescales are likely to be the most ambitious that we can be at this stage.  

Date

Action

January  2017

Trust for London first call for proposals

April 2017

First two secondments start at City Hall

Nov 2017

Review phase 1 secondments