“When considering the recommendations, I was particularly interested in the feedback to the proposals, that was gathered during the public consultation held over the spring and summer of this year. During my deliberations, I have been mindful of the need for us to find efficiencies across all areas of the County Council’s services and to deliver more with less money. In agreeing the recommendations, it is my belief that the changes to the Programme will not have an undue negative impact on the families who benefit from having access to Short Break activities.”
From 1 April 2021, the Short Break Activities Programme will comprise:
* Acceptance of funding applications that meet the core Short Break Activity priorities, which are co-produced with parents and carers, and retaining an ‘exceptions’ fund of £20,000 to enable ad-hoc grant applications to be made;
* Redesigning the Community Buddy Scheme – commissioning a new service that would include no longer giving access to non-Hampshire County Council area residents, or young people aged 18 years of age or over. Additionally, parental hourly contributions will increase from £5 to £6.50, and mileage from 25p to 30p, within the scheme.
Specialist services provided for children with assessed social care needs remain unaffected by any of the changes to the Short Break Activities Programme.