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Decision details

Pathways to Success

Decision Maker: Co-operative Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes



The Executive Director, People Services submitted a report informing Members of a successful bid submitted for the Pathways to Success  programme and seeking approval for Sheffield City Council to act as the lead body on behalf of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Councils in relation to the management of monies received and the activity it supports.  




RESOLVED: That Cabinet:- 





approves that Sheffield City Council will act as the accountable body for the Pathways to Success programme on behalf of the South Yorkshire local authorities (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham) and thereby accept the European Social Fund (ESF) grant offer of up to £5,119,800, subject to the final terms and conditions being the same as those summarised in the report;






approves the use of the city’s employment programmes, Sheffield Working and Sheffield 100, as match funding (£1.472m) for the life of the programme - 2019 to 2021;






approves agreement being entered into with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Councils and payments of ESF grant being made thereunder; and






delegates authority to the Executive Director of People Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, the Director of Finance and Commercial Services and the Director of Legal and Governance, to:-







agree the terms and conditions and accept the South Yorkshire Pathways to Success fund in the event that the final terms and conditions are not the same as those summarised in the report; and








agree the procurement strategy and award contracts as required to deliver the outcomes. 






Reasons for Decision




Increasing employment levels is a critical challenge for the city which will have long lasting impacts if not addressed. This proposal is designed to make a sustainable difference to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity or support to pursue further education, employment or training.




Within the workless cohort those with multiple and complex barriers and those in marginalised communities are overrepresented. 




This proposal aims to increase participation in the labour market and thereby improve social inclusion and mobility. It will provide additional opportunities and increase the support available for marginalised 18+ year olds and those with multiple and complex barriers, particularly those with long-term physical or mental health problems, disabilities or behavioural issues. 




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




The Council could decide not to accept the grant.  However, at this time there are no known alternative options to consider that offer additional support and funding for these groups and so this option is not recommended.  




Any Interest Declared or Dispensation Granted








Reason for Exemption if Public/Press Excluded During Consideration








Respective Director Responsible for Implementation




Jayne Ludlam, Executive Director, People Services




Relevant Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee If Decision Called In




Economic and Environmental Wellbeing




Publication date: 22/11/2018

Date of decision: 21/11/2018

Decided at meeting: 21/11/2018 - Co-operative Executive

Effective from: 29/11/2018

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