Decision 23/2022 – Reducing Reoffending Fund Application – July 2022

Decision 23/2022 – Reducing Reoffending Fund Application – July 2022

Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey – Decision Making Record

Reducing Reoffending Fund Application – July 2022

Decision number:        023/2022

Author and Job Role: Craig Jones, Policy and Commissioning Lead for Criminal Justice

Protective Marking:  Official

Executive Summary:

For 2022/23 the Police and Crime Commissioner has made available £270,000 of funding to reduce reoffending in Surrey.

Application for Standard Grant Award over £5,000 – Reducing Reoffending Fund

The Skill Mill – Contextual Safeguarding in Surrey – David Parks

Brief overview of service/decision – To award £20,000 to The Skill Mill, a social enterprise which provides employment opportunities for young people aged between sixteen and eighteen. Skill Mill employ only ex-offenders, actively reducing reoffending whilst increasing engagement, participation, employability, and educational levels of young people.

Reason for funding – 1) The Skill Mill reoffending rate is just 8%, compared to a counter factual of 72% for young offenders with 11+ convictions. 2) Employment on the scheme provides a structured environment where the combination of drugs and alcohol are not acceptable. As such the ongoing work provides an opportunity for reduced drug and alcohol intake leading to direct benefits for the individuals concerned with positive follow-on impacts to their communities.

Recommendation

That the Commissioner supports this standard grant application to the reducing Reoffending Fund and awards to the following;

  • £20000 to The Skill Mill to deliver the Contextual Safeguarding in Surrey project

Police and Crime Commissioner Approval

I approve the recommendation(s):

Signature: PCC Lisa Townsend (wet signed copy held in OPCC)

Date: 15th July 2022

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Areas of consideration

Consultation

Consultation has taken place with appropriate lead officers depending on the application. All applications have been asked to supply evidence of any consultation and community engagement.

Financial implications

All applications have been asked to confirm the organisation hold accurate financial information. They are also asked to include the total costs of the project with breakdown where the money will be spent; any additional funding secured or applied for and plans for on-going funding. The Reducing Reoffending Fund Decision Panel/Criminal Justice policy officers considers the financial risks and opportunities when looking at each application.

Legal

Legal advice is taken on an application by application basis.

Risks

The Reducing reoffending Fund Decision Panel and Criminal Justice policy officers considers any risks in the allocation of funding. It is also part of the process to consider when refusing an application the service delivery risks if appropriate.

Equality and diversity

Each application will be requested to supply appropriate equality and diversity information as part of the monitoring requirements. All applicants are expected to adhere to the Equality Act 2010

Risks to human rights

Each application will be requested to supply appropriate human rights information as part of the monitoring requirements. All applicants are expected to adhere to the Human Rights Act.

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