Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1. This report provides a summary of the additional successful funding allocation that has been awarded to MOPAC from the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund.
1.2. This funding application is the ‘Best You’ Project, which will be delivered by the Ben Kinsella Trust.
2. Issues for consideration
2.1. The Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund was launched on 30th July 2018. £22m was available nationally, for the two years covering this year (2018/19) and next (2019/20). The fund was open to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC’s) in England and Wales as lead bidders. PCC’s must work with Community Safety Partnerships (or similar local partnerships) to bid for funding to support targeted early intervention and prevention activity for young people (and in some instances young adults).
2.2. DMPCD 453 approved the bidding strategy for the fund, with MOPAC submitting a total of 34 bids for a total value of £14.9m.
2.3. DMPCD 522 approved the acceptance of ten EIYF Projects which MOPAC was previously awarded, totalling £4.2 million, to be delivered over 2018/19 and 2019/20.
2.4. On 26th June 2019 the Home Office announced that the remaining £3.3 million of the £22 million EIYF would be distributed to 10 areas to support projects for young people to prevent them getting drawn into crime and to help them make more positive life choices.
2.5. MOPAC as PCC for London was awarded £19,786 to be distributed to The Ben Kinsella Trust to run ‘Best You’ behavioural change workshops with young people aged 14-19 who are referred to youth offending teams, based in a Pupil Referral Unit or at serious risk of exclusion from mainstream school, in Barnet, Hackney and Lewisham.
3. Financial Comments
3.1. This report provides an overview of the additional funding that has been awarded to MOPAC from the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund.
3.2. A contribution to MOPAC’s programme management costs has been included in the bids.
3.3. A grant agreement will be put in place between MOPAC and the Ben Kinsella Trust in line with the bids and Home Office funding arrangements.
4. Legal Comments
4.1. This report seeks DMPC approval to accept a total of the additional £19,786 grant funding from the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund and provide a grant to the Ben Kinsella Trust.
4.2 Paragraph 4.8 of the MOPAC’S Scheme of consent and Delegation provides the DMPC with delegated power to approve:
• Bids for grant funding made and all offers made of grant funding; and/or where appropriate a strategy for grant giving;
• The strategy for the award of individual grants and /or the award of all individual grants whether to secure or contribute to securing crime reduction in London or for other purposes.
5. Public Health Approach
5.1 The diversion programme for young offenders is consistent with the Violence Reduction Units public health approach to reduce violence in London through the use of preventative multi-agency work.
6. GDPR and Data Privacy
6.1. MOPAC will not be in receipt of personally identifiable information for the programme. We will be the Commissioner only. A full Data Protection Impact Assessment will be completed by the provider as part of mobilisation activity for the project, to ensure that all delivery is fully compliant with the requirements of the GDPR.
6.2. GDPR compliance will be also be included as part of the grant agreement with The Ben Kinsella Trust.
7. Equality Comments
7.1. Under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (the Equality Act), as a public authority the Deputy Mayor/MOPAC must have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and any conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act; and to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. Protected characteristics under the Equality Act are age, disability, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, and marriage or civil partnership status (the duty in respect of this last characteristic is to eliminate unlawful discrimination only).
7.2. All bids were required to meet these expectations with regards to Equality and Diversity and were assessed against this as part of the quality assurance process.
8. Background/supporting papers
8.1. PCD 453 and PCD 522– Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund.