Equity Diversity Interdependence
Promoting a Peaceful and Fair
Society based on Reconciliation
and Mutual Trust.
30 September 2010
Theme 1.2 Acknowledging and Dealing with the Past Thursday 30th September 2010
Meeting: 1:15pm Thursday 30th June 2010
Venue: Pobal Offices, Monaghan
Present: Tony McCusker (Chairperson), Helen Johnston, Mary Cunningham, Clifford Kelly, Stella McDermott, Jackie Witherow, Brendan Mackin, DeaglŠn O’Briain,
In attendance: DFP:Martin Tyrell
Pobal:Paddy McGinn, Colette Nulty,
Community Relations Council:Duncan Morrow, Jacqueline Irwin, Frank Murphy, Naomi Doak,
Apologies: Denis Leamy,
1 Minutes: Previous minutes agreed
2 Matters Arising from the Minute:
2.1 Apologies were given for the change to the Steering Committee meeting date for September. This meeting date was changed as the final draft of the report from Deloitte on the Review of Theme 1.2, was not available until the 24th September.
2.2 Reviews of Steering Committee Decisions
A number of rejected applicants to Theme 1.2 Strand 1, Addressing Truth in Public Memory (2) and one applicant to Strand 2, Support for Participation requested a review of the Steering Committees decisions in relation to their applications. The review process is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and both the applicant and the Consortium are represented at the Review meeting. The outcomes of the recent review meetings are detailed below.
|Table 1: UPDATE ON REVIEWS|
|Promoter & Project||Strand||Outcome||Consortium Action|
000813: Continuum of Services
Application amount: £1.2m
The Review Panel agreed to overturn the decision of the Steering Committee on the grounds that “the outcome was a decision that no reasonable person would have made based on the information provided”
The panel also recommended that seven specific conditions must be met by WAVE in advance of issuing the Letter of Offer.
1. The Consortium wrote and received clarifications from the SEUPB in respect in reasons for the decision and the technical issue of DFP approval
2. The Consortium have written to and met with WAVE in respect of the conditions which are a pre requisite to the Letter of Offer
No response has been received from WAVE to date. Consortium will update the Steering Committee at the next meeting.
002632: A State Apart
|1||The applicant withdrew their application for review the day before the review meeting||No further action required|
National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI)
002853: Facing the Past
The Review Panel concluded that there had been “a failure in the adherence to procedures or systems that materially affected or could have affected the decision”
The Review Panel recommended that:
1. The applicant be given the opportunity to submit further clarification in relation to objectives, outputs, reach and value for money including examination of the potential for a scaling down of the costs of digitalization; and
2. The Consortium re-assess the application and present to the Steering Committee for consideration
1. The Consortium provided clarification to the Steering Committee in relation to the review. Concerns were expressed in relation to two issues:
a. The grounds for overturning the decision were not the grounds the applicant had sought the review
b. The cost and process for completion of the Economic Appraisal for the project.
2. Clarification on the EA presented to the last Steering Committee: The EA consultant submitted a report to the stage of Need; the EA stated that they were unable to progress the EA as further clarifications/information would be required to complete the process.
|Promoter & Project||Strand||Outcome||Consortium Action|
3. Actions Agreed by the Steering Committee:
∑ Consortium to write to the promoter as the Review Panel recommendations
∑ Consortium to write to the SEUPB to seek clarification in relation to the completion and costs associated with the Economic Appraisal
∑ An update to be provided at the next Steering Committee meeting
In respect of the reviews the Steering Committee made the following comments:
∑ Copies of items for discussion to be circulated to members in advance where possible
∑ The Consortium clarified that going forward the Economic Appraisal process will be managed entirely by the Consortium from commissioning, to contract and payment.
2.3 Decision Deferred at June Meeting
Table 2 SUMMARY GRID
CONSORTIUM STEERING COMMITTEE DECISIONS 30TH September 2010
|Applicant||Previous Team Score||Previous Recommendation of the Steering Committee||Update||Steering Committee Decision|
University of Ulster- ARK/CAIN
Project Title: Legacy of Loss
|Deferred subject to clarifications||Letter from the promoter clarifying their current position in relation to the project was presented to the Steering Committee||As the project proposal had changed substantially from application and the original assessment; and project is no longer viable; it was agreed by the Steering Committee that they could no longer consider the application as eligible for consideration. Options outlined in the promoters’ correspondence may be eligible for consideration when Theme 1.2 re-opens.|
3.1 Strand 1, Addressing Truth in Public Memory
3.1.1 Queen Mary University of London (Ref: 002590) further to approval from the Steering Committee has also received approval from the SEUPB. The Consortium is in the process of completing a pre-contract check prior to the issue of the Letter of Offer. The promoter has proceeded at risk to advertise the staff positions within the project. Due to the lengthy recruitment process within the university the promoter has decided to proceed in the interest of ensuring that project will achieve its aims and objectives within the agreed timeframe for project delivery.
3.1.2. All project requests for reviews are now completed as outlined above
3.2 Financial Update
3.2.1 The Steering Committee was presented with an overview of the current allocations against budget as at the 23 Sept 2010. The total amount of funding not allocated to date is €23,737,330. It was noted that this figure is likely to increase as the amount under appraisal for the WAVE project (€1.2m) is likely to decrease due to the timeframe now available for project implementation if all pre contract conditions are met. There will also be further slippage and a number of Letters of Offer have also now been terminated earlier than anticipated. The final available budget for re-allocation will be in excess of €25m.
3.2.2. The Steering Committee also noted amendments to de-committals presented at the February Steering Committee
4. Re-opening of Theme 1.2 Acknowledging and Dealing with the Past
4.1 Deloitte Review of Theme 1.2
∑ An overview of the key recommendations, background and context was provided to the members. Members had a detailed discussion on the report and were broadly in acceptance of the recommendations however further consideration would be required into how these recommendations would be effectively operationalized.
∑ The status of the report was clarified. The Report will be considered by the Peace III Monitoring Committee in October and post approval the Consortium and the Managing Authority will discuss and agree the implementation of the Deloitte recommendations.
∑ Members discussed the issue of the impact of the recommendations on the Consortium resources and the processes for delivery.
∑ It was clarified that both the SEUPB and the Deloitte consulted with the Consortium in the undertaking of the review and in relation to the final recommendations.
∑ Concerns were expressed about recommendation 8 in terms “undertaking a phased approach to addressing one or more peace walls and other, sometimes non physical, interface barriers.” The committee highlighted the need in terms of implementation that this work needed to complement current funded work on the ground in specific areas; to be realistic in what could be achieved and how to ensure that this work was compatible with the work undertaken under Theme 1.2 Building Positive Relationships being implemented by the Peace Partnerships.
4.2 Discussion on Re-opening Theme 1.2 Acknowledging and Dealing with the Past
A draft paper was presented to the Steering Committee giving a brief overview on the three recommended Deloitte approaches for delivery with associated timeframes and indicative budget bands. Taking into account the current unallocated global grant, expenditure slippage within current projects and the termination of a number of current Letters of Offer it is anticipated that a potential €28m will be available for allocation under the re-opening of Theme 1.2.
4.2.1 Funder Led Interventions €7m-€11m
∑ Strategic Project 1: Addressing the Past in Public Memory €2m-€3m
∑ Strategic Project 2: Dealing with the Past and Building Community Relations €5m-€8m
4.2.2 Direct Commissioning: Research and Piloting of Activities to Assist Victims and Survivors €2.5m -€5m(Deloitte recommendation 6)
The research recommended by Deloitte is on the current and potential collaboration for new and enhanced working relationships to effectively meet the needs of Victims and Survivors. Deloitte also recommend that specific proposals linked with the research are piloted as part of this approach.
4.2.3 Open Call for Applications €10m-€15m (Deloitte recommendation 9)
∑ Proposed timeframe for opening 18th October 2010 – 31st December 2010.
∑ Period of Funding for projects will be up to end of December 2013 subject to additional resources from the Managing Authority and an agreed extension to the current Consortium Contract (providing 24 – 30 months funding i.e. 2.5 years maximum
∑ Size of grant proposed per project will be within €300,000 to €650,000.
∑ The theme of the open call as recommended by Deloitte will be on supporting “creative, innovative and boundary pushing projects in relation to peace building and reconciliation which meets the needs of Victims and Survivors.”
∑ A desk based assessment approach will be used due to the limited resources and timeframe available for implementation.
∑ It is envisaged that decisions will be taken on an ongoing basis by the Steering Committee between March 2011 and June/July 2011.
4.2.4 The Steering Committee discussed the paper and made the following recommendations and comments;
∑ The draft paper on operationalising the Deloitte recommendations is accepted in principle by the Committee.
∑ Negotiations and discussion with the Managing Authority in relation to the terms and conditions of the Consortiums contract for delivery are commenced immediately.
∑ Concerns were expressed about the realism of achieving full spend in the current timeframe of the Consortium contract and that it will be challenge even within the extended timeframe proposed by the Consortium.
∑ Alliances within the community and voluntary sector (Consortia bids) should be desirable criteria for the open call.
5. Specific Project Updates
5.1 FAIR (Project SACRED, ref no: 000893 & Project CAPABLE, ref no: 000990)
The Consortium have been instructed by the SEUPB on the 10th September 2010 to terminate two letters of offer with FAIR in accordance with the respective clause 22 of the standard conditions of grant aid and to seek recovery of all monies that have been paid to FAIR under these letters of offer. The SEUPB also have a letter of offer with FAIR and this Letter of Offer has also been terminated. The total of amount of grant aid to be recovered by the Consortium is €343,509 approx.
The termination of the Letters of Offer is based on the audit findings commissioned by the SEUPB to examine all relevant matters in relation to the management of the three Peace III funded projects.
5.2 SAVER/NAVER Ref No: 000595 (South Armagh Victims Encouraging Recognition / North Armagh Victims Encouraging Recognition)
Amount Awarded: £469,686.13
Grant Aid Paid to date: £248,959.74
The Consortium has been instructed by the SEUPB to suspend any further payments to this project until the completion of an independent audit. The Steering Committee will be updated again at the next meeting.
6. Date of Next Meeting: November 2nd, 1pm in CRC Offices Dungannon.
Please note that CRC have moved offices from Moygashel to new premises at Ballygawley Road, Dungannon. Directions will be circulated with the agenda for the next meeting.
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