MOPAC application to MoJ Female Offender Community Investment Fund

Reference code: 
PCD 459
Date signed: 
03 September 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

As part of the Female Offender Strategy the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has made a commitment to invest £5m of cross-Government funding in women’s provisions between 2018-2020. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has made available £1m over this time to support agencies in the sustainability, improvement or development of women’s community support through a Community Investment Fund. They are inviting bids from all organisations, including third sector organisations and statutory bodies. The maximum bid amount is £250k. Bids are to be submitted by 12th September 2018 with an indicative project commencement date of 7th November 2018. 

In light of the very short timescales and systems implemented by the Ministry of Justice, MOPAC has agreed a bidding strategy with partners in order to submit the bid online by 12th September 2018. The bid will go through internal governance mechanisms, including a quality assurance process. In order to ensure the bid is uploaded to the Ministry of Justice application website in a timely fashion, quality control will be managed by MOPAC’s Director of Criminal Justice Commissioning, and authority for final sign-off and approval for submission will rest with MOPAC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). MOPAC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will provide recommendations for financial oversight and approval to the CEO.

Recommendation

The DMPC is asked to approve the bidding strategy set out below, and further to delegate authority for final sign off of the bids to Rebecca Lawrence, CEO.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The MoJ is making available £1m in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 for resource funding to support female offenders in England and Wales. This commitment is part of the Female Offender Strategy published in June 2018 to invest in community provisions for women. The maximum bid for resource funding is £250k. This grant seeks to support the sustainability, improvement or development of community support or Whole Systems Approach (WSA) model that specifically targets female offenders, or women at risk of offending. 

1.2.    The deadline for bids is 12 September 2018 with successful bidders notified week commencing 24th October 2018. 

1.3.    The DMPC is asked to sign off and agree MOPAC’s bidding strategy and approach before the bid is finalised and submitted. Due to the short timescales, the DMPC is requested to delegate authority for final sign off of the bid to be submitted to the Home Office to the MOPAC CEO, Rebecca Lawrence.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    The MOPAC is investing £4.6m from Tranche 1 of the Co Commissioning Fund into two female offender projects - Advance Minerva and South London Alliance Female Offender Projects – to provide expert support women in 21 London boroughs to reduce offending, improve familial relationships, and increase the use of community sentences. This bid for additional funding from the MoJ is being developed in consultation with partners and will align with these currently funded projects. 

2.2.    Quality control will be managed by the Director of Criminal Justice Commissioning, Samantha Cunningham, who will make recommendations to the CEO, Rebecca Lawrence, for sign-off and approval to submit the bid. 

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    Individual bids can be submitted for up to a maximum amount of £250,000 in total across two financial years, 2018/19 and 2019/20.

3.2.    MOPAC intends to submit 1 bid, for an amount up to a maximum of £250,000 across the two financial years. Final amounts will depend on decisions from Ministry of Justice following the scoring of bids.

3.3.    Reasonable costs associated with managing the bid will be included within MOPAC’s bids.

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    This decision is in line with the MOPAC’s Scheme of Consent and Delegation, in which paragraph 4.8 provides the DMPC with delegated authority to approve bids for grant funding made and all offers made of grant funding; and/or where appropriate a strategy for grant giving. 

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    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).

5.2.    The bid will be required to meet these expectations with regards to Equality and Diversity, and will be assessed against this as part of the quality assurance process, prior to any recommendation being made to the CEO for sign-off. 

6.    GDPR

6.1    A full Data Protection Impact Assessment will be completed as part of mobilisation activity for the project, to ensure that all delivery is fully compliant with the requirements of the GDPR.

7.    Background/supporting papers

7.1.    MOPAC led bids will be subject to MOPAC’s internal governance mechanisms. 

7.2.    All bids will be subject to a quality assurance process. It will be reviewed by Director of Criminal Justice Commissioning and the Chief Financial Officer will provide recommendations for financial oversight and approval to the CEO.