It has been asserted that the grant awarded to CCC was for a one-year term.
This is not the case.
The committee, having made every effort to resolve the matter over a protracted period but to no avail, feel that there is no other option available but than to share details publicly.
We hope this will also serve to dispel the disinformation peddled by a small number of people intent on discrediting CCC.
The original committee secured the grant of £5K for a two-year programme but failed to commence the programme for a variety of reasons, including the sudden ill health of a key committee member.
A working group was set up and, with agreement from the Council, they worked to establish plans for an initial series of meetings, as well as taking control of the social media for the organisation and establishing a website.
Not only was this produced but, iIn fact, the initial plans exceeded the basic requirements set out by the Council. Assured that sufficient planning had been put in place, the Council agreed that CCC could retain the funds and commence the programme for which funding had been awarded.
The newly elected committee commenced the agreed renegotiated two-year work programme in November 2013, when the AGM was held, at which the new committee was elected, a more inclusive Constitution was put in place, and the initial plan of meetings was shared with the members.
Although there were funds in the bank, the committee only accessed the funds in May 2014, due to irregularities on the bank account set up by one of the founding members. Up to this point, all activities were funded personally by the committee members.
Since November 2014, the committee have suspended use of the grant funds and have actively sought to resolve the matter.
The current committee are now funding the meetings out of unrestricted funds and their own purses.
The following three documents should help clarify the position.
1. The summary document that the committee provided to the Council:
The committee have chased since, right up to the AGM, but still have not received a satisfactory answer or any documentation or correspondence to back up the claim that funding was for one year.
2. The email from a council officer, following the acceptance of the working group’s initial work plan as providing sufficient assurance to the Council for the working group to use the funds for the purpose for which they were granted. i.e the two-year work plan.
3. The attachment included with this email from the council officer.
This attachment includes a copy of the original offer letter, the revised service description as only £5K was granted, and the standard funding agreement.
This makes very clear that the funding was awarded for a programme of work over two years.
The current committee are committed to ensuring open public engagement in Croydon and hope to welcome you to one of the upcoming meetings planned. The next is in Kenley on 30 September. Please book a place to help us plan for numbers.