A message from Councillor Hai (Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities & Culture):
“Back in December we asked for input on what needs to change in the face of the significant financial challenges faced by the Council. By 2017, our funding from central government will have been cut in half and unfortunately that means change is unavoidable. Then, at the end of January, we met with a wider group of organisations, including organisations that do not receive financial support from the Council.
This meeting further explored a number of the issues raised in December. Those at the meeting also told us that for next stage in the process, we should ‘put options on the table’. While things may have seemed quiet since then, we have been working to develop those options and we now wish to move to the next stage of the process.
Over the coming weeks we will be running a number of engagement events where we will look at four options for the Council’s future core VCS investment strategy and how they meet our aspirations of a simpler, more strategic relationship that is focussed around the delivery of the Camden Plan.
The options are set across a pretty broad range – from the radical to the status quo (though all will involve a reduction in the total funding envelope). However we are not simply engaging in a consultation process on the options. We want to do more work on the options with you, so it is inevitable that they will change during the engagement process.”
The first event which is part of this consultation process will take place on 19th May from 10am till 12.30pm in the Macmillan Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.
This is an important consultation and engagement event which will be presenting the different options and models we are currently looking at in regards to the new CTS (Communities and Third Sector) funding programme.
We are particularly keen to have both funded and unfunded groups’ present at all upcoming consultations meetings, so please forward this onto other organisations currently unfunded by the Council who would be interested in attending.
If you would like to attend the upcoming consultation, require further information or if you wish to access the full version of Councillor Hai’s message please email, email@example.com