Home Office Children Affected by Domestic Abuse Fund Bid

Reference code: 
PCD 454
Date signed: 
03 September 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The Home Office Children Affected by Domestic Abuse Fund bid is due to be submitted online by midday on 19th September 2018. The DMPC has been appraised of the details of the fund and of MOPAC’s proposed bidding strategy. 

The bid will go through internal governance mechanisms, including a quality assurance internal process designed for this fund. 

In light of the short timescales, and to ensure the bid is uploaded to the Home Office application website in a timely fashion, it is proposed that quality control is managed by MOPAC’s Director of Criminal Justice Commissioning, and authority for final sign-off and approval for submission rests 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 bid 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 Home Office Children Affected by Domestic Abuse Fund was opened on 21st July 2018. £8m is available nationally, for two years covering this year (2018/19) and next (2019/20), and bids need to be submitted by midday on 19th September 2018. 

1.2.    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 the MOPAC CEO, Rebecca Lawrence.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    Quality control will be managed by the Director of Criminal Justice Commissioning, Samantha Cunningham, and the CEO, Rebecca Lawrence, will have responsibility for final sign-off and approval to submit the bid. 

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    Bids must be for a minimum of £500,000 and there is no maximum amount.

3.2.    MOPAC intends to submit one bid, for up to £2m across the two financial years. The final amount will depend on decisions from the Home Office following the scoring of bids.

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

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 GDPR.

7.    Background/supporting papers

7.1.    Development of the bid is being led by the VAWG team and will be subject to MOPAC’s internal governance and quality assurance mechanisms, including review by the Director of Criminal Justice Commissioning.

7.2.    The Director of Criminal Justice Commissioning will make a recommendation regarding submission of the bid to the CEO, and the Chief Financial Officer will provide recommendations for financial oversight and approval to the CEO. 

7.3.    The CEO will be responsible for providing final sign-off of the bid for submission.


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