Extract from letter from Geoff Pearson on Third Sector Interfaces
3. Having consulted Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS), we propose that our offers of grant to interfaces shall include conditions of grant covering the issues discussed below.
4. The Interface shall submit a clear description of its governance and management arrangements. Where the interface is in a form other than a single agency it would be expected that lines of accountability for service delivery and expenditure of interface grant are clearly articulated. We would wish to see an explicit description of, for example, how delivery of the delivery framework will be managed, the names of the responsible board members, the legal structure and arrangements for accounting for funding. In particular, companies within partnerships will wish to consider the impact of company law which limits the capacity of one company to control another – formal agreements will be needed in these circumstances.
5. It is for the interface to decide how to deliver its services. However, we will require that the interface prepare a single delivery framework, to cover at least the four primary interface functions in 2011-12, and indicate its plans for the rest of the Spending Period.
6. This document is intended to be an overview extending to no more than say 3 pages describing in broad terms how the interface plans to ensure that outcomes are delivered across the whole local authority area in each of the following areas:
• volunteering development
• social enterprise development
• supporting and developing a strong third sector
• building the third sector relationship with community planning
7. The delivery framework must be discussed with the community planning partnership (CPP) although no formal sign-off by the CPP is required, although its endorsement would be a strong indicator of the strength of the relationship established between the interface and the CPP.
8. We are having discussions with VAS about a suggested template and guidance which would support the development of a single delivery framework.
9. Whilst recognising that the financial allocation for the interface programme is unlikely to be known before late November, we ask that the delivery framework indicate, in proportional terms, the balance of funding between the four main activities of the interface.
10. The single delivery framework must be with the Third Sector Division by 1 November 2010 to guide the preparation of grant offers.
Full letter here https://senscot.net/?viewid=9849