Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 17th January, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

Contact: Mike Bradbury  Email: michael.bradbury@staffordshire.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 20 December 2017 pdf icon PDF 299 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 20 December 2017 be approved.

2.

Leader's Update

Oral report of the Leader of the Council

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Decision – That the oral report of the Leader of the Council giving an update on a range of issues including the work being done to ease the pressure on hospital beds through the reduction in delayed transfer of care; the launch of a new campaign to encourage more people to think of a career in care; and the launch of the Staffordshire Skills Deal with Wolverhampton University – a significant partnership that will plug businesses and people into a new network of learning opportunities, be noted.

3.

Minutes of Meetings of the Property Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 186 KB

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Decision – (a) That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 13 December 2017 be received.

 

(b) That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 3 January 2018 be received.

4.

Enlargement of Baldwins Gate CE (VC) Primary School. pdf icon PDF 299 KB

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability

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Mark Sutton

“With new housing proposed for Baldwin’s Gate, it is important we ensure there are enough primary school places available to meet demand.  By analysing the data available, we can see where extra places are needed and can ensure we put measures in place well in advance of any population increase.”

 

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

 

“Baldwin’s Gate CE (VC) Primary School is rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED, and the governing body are keen to embrace expansion so that future pupils can benefit from the valuable education offered by the school.”

 

Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability

 

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the proposal to publish a formal statutory proposal to increase the capacity at Baldwins Gate CE (VC) Primary School to enable the school to accommodate 35 additional children generated from new housing in the village.

 

Decision – That the publication of a statutory proposal for the increase in school places at Baldwins Gate CE (VC) Primary School be approved.

5.

National Funding Formula implementation for Staffordshire schools pdf icon PDF 328 KB

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability

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Mark Sutton

“Historically, Staffordshire has been one of the lowest funded authorities in terms of schools.  For years we have been campaigning at a local and national level for fairer funding for our schools, to help ensure Staffordshire children receive the best education possible, and these new Government measures represent a real step in the right direction.”

 

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

 

“As we move towards embracing the National Funding Formula, the news that schools in Staffordshire will get an extra £9.5million is a welcome step forward.  We will be working closely with schools to implement the new formula over the coming months.

 

We will continue to push for fair funding for education in Staffordshire to give our schools, teachers and children the resources they need.”

 

Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability

 

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the impact of the National Funding Formula (NFF) on Staffordshire schools and the proposed transition to the NFF from April 2018

 

Decision –That the new funding formula for Staffordshire schools during the ‘soft years’ of the National Funding Formula (NFF), from 1 April 2018, be approved.

6.

Treasury Management Strategy 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 621 KB

Cabinet Member for Finance

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“The UK economy continues to face uncertainties, as the UK government looks to move towards negotiations on trade as part of its exit from the European Union (EU). In the face of these uncertainties, we consider our low risk treasury management strategy remains the most prudent approach. Therefore we will continue to invest carefully and look to maximise the use of our cash instead of borrowing, to save money.”

 

Mike Sutherland, Cabinet Member for Finance

 

Reasons for the Decision – The Local Government Act 2003 requires a local authority to have regard to the Prudential Code and to set Prudential Indicators for the next three years to ensure that its capital investment plans are affordable, prudent and sustainable. The Prudential Indicators are approved as part of the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS).  The Treasury Management Strategy is a key element of the MTFS as the planned capital expenditure programme drives the borrowing required.

 

Decision – (a) That it be agreed that the 2018/19 Treasury Management Strategy be prepared based on existing regulations, with amendments taking place in the half year report, once the new CIPFA Codes (Prudential Code and Treasury Management Code), and DCLG Guidance (on Local Government Investments and on Minimum Revenue Provision) have been published.

 

(b) That, in accordance with the regulations, it be recommended to the County Council, at its meeting on the 22 March 2018, that the Annual Investment Strategy (AIS) 2018/19 (detailed in paragraphs 38 to 89 and Appendices 2 and 4of the report) be adopted.

 

(c) That, as required by the existing guidance, the following policies (as described in paragraphs 117 to 127 to the report) be approved;

 

i) reviewing the strategy;

ii) the use of external advisers;

iii) investment management training; and

iv) the use of financial derivatives.

 

(d) That the proposed borrowing strategy for the 2018/19 financial year comprising:

 

  • maximising the use of cash in lieu of borrowing as far as is practical;
  • the ability to borrow new long term loans where deemed appropriate;
  • a forward borrowing strategy that will not be used in 2018/19;
  • the use of cash to repay loans early, subject to market conditions; and
  • a loan rescheduling strategy that is unlimited where this re-balances risk.

 

be approved.

 

(e) That all of the above to operate within the prudential limits set out in Appendix 5 and to report to the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters with respect to decisions made for raising new long term loans, early loan repayment and loan rescheduling.

 

(f) That, in accordance with regulations, it also be recommended to the County Council that the Minimum Revenue Provision 2017/18 (as summarised in paragraphs 128 to 130; and as set out in full at Appendix 8 to the report), be adopted.

7.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 127 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 21 February to 20 June 2018, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Quarter 3, 2017/18 Integrated Performance Report

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Exception from Procurement Regulation

Name: Anthony Bullock

Tel: (01785) 276649

Annual Review of Penda Property Partnership Plan and SAMP

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Residential Housing Development Joint Venture

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Quarter 4, 2017/18 Integrated Performance Report

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Future Determination of The Henry Prince First School

Name: Andrew Marsden

Tel: (01785) 278787

Countryside Estate Review Update

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

 

 

 

8.

Exclusion of the Public

The Chairman to move:-

 

“That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of Local Government Act 1972 indicated below”.

 

 

PART TWO

(All reports in this section are exempt)

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Decision – That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of Local Government Act 1972 indicated below.

 

PART TWO

 

The Cabinet then proceeded to consider the following matters:

 

 

9.

Healthy Communities Service

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

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(Exemption paragraph 3)

10.

Waste Disposal Arrangements in the North of Staffordshire Post March 2020

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Cabinet Member for Communities

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(Exemption paragraph 3)