ADD2117 Additional Staffing Budget for H&L North West area team

Type of decision: 
Assistant Director's decision
Code: 
ADD2117
Date signed: 
22 May 2017
Decision by: 
Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director of Policy, Programme and Services

Executive summary

To approve the allocation of up to £50K to be added to the North West London Area team staffing budget from interest recovered from the Recycled Capital Grant in 2016/17 financial year.

This budget will enable the extension of a FTE grade 9 area manager for 12 months, from September 2017 to September 2018.
 

Decision

That the Assistant Director approves:

1.    1.  The allocation of up to £50K to be added to the North West team staff budget;

2.    The budget to be taken from the interest recovered from the reclaimed Recycled Capital Grant in 2016/17;

3.    That this budget contributes towards funding the extension of a FTE grade 9 area manager by 12 months from 10th September 2017 to 10th September 2018.
 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

There is currently an Area Manager (grade 9) in the North West Area Team investment and operations, employed on a fixed term contract which ends on 10th September 2017, due to an external secondment of the substantive post-holder. This post leads on a number of specialisms across the Housing and Land Directorate. In particular it has led the promotion of the Innovation Fund as part of the Homes for Londoners AHP 16-21 to which there has been an excellent response.

This post is also the design lead for the directorate which includes consulting with the Mayor’s design leads across the GLA, assisting with design queries across the team, chairing the design leads meeting and importantly leading on the compliance audit process which reviews the process and procedure of all grant funding awarded to our pre-qualified investment partners.

The post also leads on the Community-led housing Hub that was launched on the 24tH April which oversees an initial investment of £250K supplemented by potential match funding from London Boroughs and others. This work has only just started having continuity in post going forward with this role is essential.
 

Objectives and expected outcomes

This is a vital role but without certainty of employment it is likely the current post holder will seek an alternative role, potentially leaving a vacancy at a vital time. Therefore this request is to extend the fixed-term post by a further 12 months from the 10th September 2017 to the 10th September 2018.  

This may not result in additional expenditure as during this time there may be future roles within the Housing & Land directorate that are permanent which the post holder would be able to apply for. In addition the secondee has been out of the GLA for 2 years and may not return. 
The request is that up to £50K be taken from the interest that was recovered when the Recycled Capital Grant Funding was reclaimed last financial year (16/17). The total level of interest is circa £470k. The amount requested will go towards the total cost of £56K for a grade 9 member of staff for 12 months.  The difference will be taken from the current head room that already exists within the North West London area team’s budget.
 

Equality comments

The public sector equality duty requires the identification and evaluation of the likely potential impacts, both positive and negative, of the decision on those with protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, gender, religion or belief, sexual orientation) and set out how you are addressing the duties. The recruitment process that lead to this original appointment was in line with the GLA’s recruitment policies.

 

Financial comments

5.1    This decision requests approval for the allocation of up to £50,000 to the North West London Area team’s staffing budget from interest recovered through Recycled Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) in 2016/17 financial year. The additional funding is for the 12 month extension (between 10th September 2017 and 10th September 2018) of the fixed-term contract for the Grade 9 Area Manager post. Net cost of this post for the year is £56,000 (calculated at mid-point including on costs and vacancy factor), which will mainly be funded from the RCGF funding (£50,000) and the balance (£6,000) from the existing headroom within the Establishment budget for the North West London Area team.