Equality Impact Assessment

Overview:

Assessment Name: Adult Services Grants 2011/12
Department: Adult Services Date Created: 08/03/2011
Lead Author: Linzi Gow Lead ID: sshqoplz
Additional Authors (if applicable): Linzi Gow
Clare Hooke
Emma Dyer
Geoff Woollan
 
Aims and Objectives: To provide grant funding to support services that are better provided by external organisations and assist the department in meeting its core objectives.
Main Activities: To allocate funding for external organisations whose activites meet the department's core objectives and support its key prioirities. This includes the Hampshire Model of Personalisation, End of Life Strategy, Carers Strategy, Valuing People Now and the Learning Disability Strategy for Hampshire ' Ordinary People Leading Ordinary Lives'
Who's intended to benefit: Specific groups of vulnerable adults as identified in the main report.

Summary of Report:

Summary of Main Findings: Grant aid is one of a number of mechanisms employed by Hampshire County Council Adult Services to fund services and activities provided by voluntary and community organisations.

A voluntary organisation may be considered for grant aid from Adult Services only if its services, projects or activities are in compliance with the aims and objectives, priorities and policies of the Adult Services Department.

Grants are given to support services that are better provided by the voluntary sector e.g. the mobilisation of community resources to help vulnerable people maintain their independence. They are frequently locally based services which are often rooted in the communities in which they serve.

A number of organisations have been recommended as they contribute to the priorities of Hampshire County Council Adult Services Department. In making these recommendations due regard has been given to the Equality Act 2010.

The proposed grant funding demonstrates the ongoing commitment to partnership working with voluntary and community organisations and upholds the values stated in the One Compact for Hampshire.

Adult Services Grants to Hospices 2011/12

In 2008/09 the Health Overview Scrutiny Committee identified carers supporting people nearing the end of life did not feel their needs were adequately met by standard carers support services. Funding of £70,000 in 2008/09 was allocated to 7 individual hospices across the county to develop services specifically to meet their needs. Evidence suggested this grant funding was successful in achieving positive outcomes for carers, in particular by promoting mental well being and reducing barriers to access support. Further funding of £40,000 was made available in March 2010 to maintain and develop this work.

Additional one off funding of £70000 has been identified by the Leader of the County Council in 2011/12 to continue to improve services to carers supporting people nearing the end of life.

The funding is recommended to be allocated to all hospices supporting Hampshire carers. This includes Phyllis Tuckwell hospice, Farnham which supports a high proportion of Hampshire residents. Naomi House Children's Hospice is also recommended for grant funding in order to ensure all carers are supported irrespective of the ages of the person being cared for.

Whilst the grant funding is recommended to be distributed to the hospices, the funding is not solely for carers of people receiving palliative care. The funding is for carers of people with a range of conditions that are nearing end of life. In order to increase accessibility of the funding it will therefore be promoted in a range of settings, including hospital departments and community health care settings.

Grants for services for people living with HIV and AIDS

All social care services for people infected with or affected by HIV is now provided by voluntary and community organisations. Hampshire County Council recognises the valuable work provided by these organisations and therefore a contribution towards their core running costs is recommended in 2011/12.

People with infected with or affected by HIV often face a number of social issues as identified below:

• The stigma and prejudice attached to being HIV+ which causes people to be isolated from mainstream society and often unable to seek both medical and social care support.

• The need for strict confidentiality in all services, and within each service, as to a person’s status in respect of HIV.

• The continued rise in sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, across the whole spectrum of the community and in particular groups such as the middle aged heterosexual community, the gay and bi-sexual communities, young people and newly immigrant communities.

• In spite of the improvement in specialist health care, strict and detailed life regimes, often in the face of poverty and homelessness, are required to maintain good health for people who are HIV+ and their families.

• The continued long term impact on relatives and friends of those who are infected by HIV

Both organisations recommended for grant funding are proactive at addressing these issues.

The grant funding should provide countywide coverage of services in order to promote equity of services.

The organisations are proactive at sensitively meeting the needs of particular groups of people who may be additionally marginalised, e.g. specific BME communities.

The grant funding was previously a ring fenced budget within the Area Based Grant. From 2011/12 this has been rolled in to the formula grant.

There has been no reduction in funding recommended to these organisations compared to 2010/11 allocations.

Learning Disability Development Fund (LDDF)

LDDF is a grant programme providing annual funding to Voluntary and Community Organisations providing services and activities to people with learning disabilities and their carers in Hampshire.

The funding was initially provided from an identified ring fenced budget within the Area Based Grant. From 2011/12 this is no longer a ring fenced budget and has been rolled into the formula grant.

Hampshire County Council is showing its committment to the grant funding by recommending the organisations which provide advocacy and person centred planning continue to receive grant funding in 2011/12 at the same level as 2010/11.

People with learning disabilities often require additional support to express their needs or make informed decisions regarding certain aspects of their lives. In order that they are not disadvantaged, the organisations recommended for grant funding provide opportunities for them to access additional support.

Both Choices Advocacy and Hampshire Advocacy Regional Group act as umbrella bodies and work closely with local agencies and co-ordinators to ensure the needs of local residents with a learning disability within Hampshire are most appropriately met. Whilst it aims to provide countywide coverage, it is dependent on the existence of local advocacy services to meet local need. Therefore in some rural locations, clients may be required to travel in order to receive a service.

Community Innovations Grants to Community Development workers.

In 2010/11 11 Community Innovations sites were awarded one year grant funding to contribute to the salaries of the Community Development Workers.

The Community Development Workers have been based within the local Councils for Voluntary Service. Their function is to support local voluntary sector groups in developing the support they can offer to Community Innovations clients within their local catchment area and help to create new groups where gaps in provision are identified.

The one year grant funding ends on 31 March 2011. An additional 3 months' funding is requested in order to provide sufficient time for the Community Development Workers to complete their work, including a mapping exercise of existing service provision. This impact assessment relates to the recommendation to grant fund five community innovations sites. On 11th March 2011 a further six sites were awarded grant funding of £4999 under delegated authority. This will ensure consistency across the county.

Age:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: The people who will benefit from the services recommended for grant funding will primarily be aged over 18.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: Yes. The recommended funding is intended to fund services for vulnerable adults, and therefore would inevitably exclude services specifically for young people aged under 18.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: Hampshire County Council Children's Services Department run a grant programme specifically for organisations supporting children and young people, which should reduce the risk of exclusion from services.

All the organisations recommended for grant funding will be requested to complete the corporate equality and diversity monitoring information which requires organisations to consider equality of access. This will include consideration of age, disability, faith, race, gender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, carers, rural isolation and socio-economic factors.

If the monitoring form highlights that specific groups are excluded, recommendations to engage those minority groups would be made.

Disabled People:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: A number of the grants recommended for grant funding are for adults with a specific disability or condition, e.g learning disability or HIV. This is to improve access to universal services such as leisure, health care etc as they may experience barriers in accessing mainstream services.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: Some of the organisations recommended for grant funding specifically target their services for people with certain disabilities. This is to increase accessibility rather than exclude others.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: The recommended grants aim to improve accessibility to support services and the local community for people with disabilities.

All the organisations recommended for grant funding will be requested to complete the corporate equality and diversity monitoring information which requires organisations to consider equality of access. This will include consideration of age, disability, faith, race, gender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, carers, rural isolation and socio-economic factors.

If the monitoring form highlights that specific groups are excluded, recommendations to engage those minority groups would be made.

Faith:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: No data collected on faith. However part of the monitoring of services delivered would pick up restrictive practice.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: This should not be the case, unless a grant was recommended for a religious or culturally specific activity to increase social inclusion.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: All the organisations recommended for grant funding will be requested to complete the corporate equality and diversity monitoring information which requires organisations to consider equality of access. This will include consideration of age, disability, faith, race, gender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, carers, rural isolation and socio-economic factors.

If the monitoring form highlights that specific groups are excluded, recommendations to engage those minority groups would be made.

Gender:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: The monitoring information includes gender but not transgender.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: Nothing recommended for grant funding is gender specific.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: All the organisations recommended for grant funding will be requested to complete the corporate equality and diversity monitoring information which requires organisations to consider equality of access. This will include consideration of age, disability, faith, race, gender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, carers, rural isolation and socio-economic factors.

If the monitoring form highlights that specific groups are excluded, recommendations to engage those minority groups would be made.

Race:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: The people accessing the service are proportionate to the community profile regarding race.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: This should not be the case. Positive Action for example is proactive at ensuring the service is accessbile to specific BME communities in North Hampshire.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: All the organisations recommended for grant funding will be requested to complete the corporate equality and diversity monitoring information which requires organisations to consider equality of access. This will include consideration of age, disability, faith, race, gender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, carers, rural isolation and socio-economic factors.

If the monitoring form highlights that specific groups are excluded, recommendations to engage those minority groups would be made.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: No data collected, apart from by organisations supporting people infected with or affected by HIV (this data is not complete as a number of respondents choose not to disclose).
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: No organisation is grant funded that would actively exclude gay, lesbian or bi-sexual people.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: All the organisations recommended for grant funding will be requested to complete the corporate equality and diversity monitoring information which requires organisations to consider equality of access. This will include consideration of age, disability, faith, race, gender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, carers, rural isolation and socio-economic factors.

If the monitoring form highlights that specific groups are excluded, recommendations to engage those minority groups would be made.

Socio Economic Factors:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: No information currently collected. The Joint Strategic Needs assessment and the Hampshire Sustainable Community Strategy suggest people with disabilities and carers more frequently experience lower income and reduced access to adult learning opportunities than the general population.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: No. All the projects are free at the point of access. The advocacy projects recommended for grant funding and the HIV services in particular proactively seek to readdress socio economic inequalities.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: All the organisations recommended for grant funding will be requested to complete the corporate equality and diversity monitoring information which requires organisations to consider equality of access. This will include consideration of age, disability, faith, race, gender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, carers, rural isolation and socio-economic factors.

If the monitoring form highlights that specific groups are excluded, recommendations to engage those minority groups would be made.

Rural Isolation:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: The recommended grant funding aims to provide countywide coverage of specific services, including people living in rural areas. This is howver limited by the services already existing in those areas. E.g. advocacy services is a specialist service and may require some travel to the nearest agency.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: Noone should be excluded from using the service.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: All the organisations recommended for grant funding will be requested to complete the corporate equality and diversity monitoring information which requires organisations to consider equality of access. This will include consideration of age, disability, faith, race, gender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, carers, rural isolation and socio-economic factors.

If the monitoring form highlights that specific groups are excluded, recommendations to engage those minority groups would be made.

Other groups affected:

Are there other groups affected not already mentioned: A number of organisations recommended for grant funding are to support services for carers. This includes £70,000 recommended to 8 hospices which support carers caring for people nearing end of life. It was identified this particular group of carers often find standardised carer services do not adequately meet their needs. The recommended grant funding seeks to address this.

The carers grants aim to provide county wide coverage in terms of accessibility to carers support groups and counselling.

Conclusions of Potential Impact:

Possible Impact: The recommended grant funding should improve access to support and universal services for vulnerable groups identified in the report.

It aims to address barriers to access and offer a personalised service to meet identified needs.

If any groups are disadvantaged is this likely to be unlawful: No
Group Affected: None
Evidence: None

Further Actions to be taken:

Action: To ensure the organsiations recommended for grant funding complete an equality monitoring form to ensure they have considered issues of accessibility. To be reviewed by the relevant commissioning leads.
Responsibility: Grants to Hospices: Clare Hooke

Learning Disability Grants: Gill O'Leary and Emma Dyer

Grants to organisations providing HIV support: Geoff Woollan

Grants for Community Development Workers and Carers Grants: Linzi Gow, Service Development Officer

Timescale: 31.05.2012
Expected Outcomes: Improved access to information and support for groups benefitting from the grant funding.

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