Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford. View directions

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

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Items
No. Item

31.

Declarations of Interest in accordance with Standing Order 16

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The following Members declared an interest in accordance with Standing Order 16.5:-

 

Member

Minute No.

Interest

Reason

Mark Deaville

37

Personal

Director of NEXUS

Mark Winnington

37

Personal

Director of NEXUS

Jonathan Price

37 and 43

Personal

Board Member of Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust

 

 

32.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 21 August 2019 pdf icon PDF 145 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 21 August 2019 be approved.

33.

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 Chancellor’ announcement, earlier this month, that councils would receive more money for adult social care and additional funding for children with special educational needs next year;  the financial challenges facing the County Council which requires it to make £62million of cost reductions over the next five years; economic success in recent weeks with new tenants at our Redhill Business Park outside Stafford; further progress at Keele University Science and Innovation Park where Innovation Centre Number 5, part-funded by the county council, is now fully occupied; and the contribution made by David Frost CBE who was to stand-down from his role as Chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership; be noted.

34.

Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 4 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

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Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 4 September 2019 be received.

35.

Adult Learning Disability 2022 Community Offer: The Future of Learning Disability Services directly provided by Staffordshire County Council pdf icon PDF 330 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

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Alan White Image

 

“After consultation with users, staff and carers, it is clear our services for adults with a learning disability need to change to ensure that they are sustainable.

 

We have developed a series of recommendations to modernise these services so that they can continue to meet people’s needs now and in the future.

 

The way we support people in the future needs to be about ability, not disability, about focussing on what people can do and building on these strengths so that they can live full and independent lives for as long as possible.”

 

Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for the delivery of services directly provided by the Council for adults with a learning disability and/or autism.

 

Decision (a) That the commissioning of a Supported Living service (care and accommodation), from the independent market, to replace the residential service currently provided by the Council at Greenfields House in Staffordshire Moorlands be approved.

 

(b) That the commissioning of a Supported Living service (care only), from the independent market, to replace the care currently directly provided by the Council at Horninglow Bungalows in East Staffordshire be approved.

 

(c) That consultation with staff (and recognised Trade Unions) on the proposed changes for Greenfields House and Horninglow Bungalow be approved.

 

(d) That the revised Service Charter for the Complex Needs Day Services, including rebranding to “Staffordshire County Council Specialist Day Opportunities, be approved.

 

(e) That authority to implement any future changes to staffing and accommodation for Staffordshire County Council Specialist Day Opportunities be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing in consultation with Director for Health and Care; noting appropriate governance and approval for any changes deemed ‘substantive’ be considered and adhered to.

 

(f) That an extension to the contracts for two block-booked residential replacement care services at Woodland View and Silverbirch with the current provider until July 2020, be approved.

 

(g) That proposals for the remaining directly provided learning disability services and the long-term future of block-booked residential replacement care services be presented to Cabinet in October 2019.

36.

Shared Lives Contract Recommission pdf icon PDF 314 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

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Alan White Image

“The Staffordshire Shared Lives Service can make a huge difference to people with assessed eligible social care needs, in some cases offering an alternative to residential care.

 

By offering long and short-term placements in carers’ homes it provides the opportunity for people to live safe, healthy and independent lives in their own communities.

 

The service was rated ‘Good’ across the board by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year and it is our intention to grow it in future years through better promotion, recruitment of more carers and by taking less

time to match carer and individual.”

 

Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the recommissioning of the Shared Lives service.

 

Decision (a) That approval be given to the recommissioning of the Staffordshire Shared Lives service.

 

(b) That an appropriate tender process be carried out in order to identify a suitable provider who can offer a good quality service as well as value for money.

 

(c) That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, in consultation with the Director of Health and Care the authority to award a contract to a suitable provider.

 

(d) That if a suitable provider cannot be found through the tender process as per (b) above, the current Shared Lives service agreement be extended for a period of up to 6 months to enable the Council to consider its options for service provision.

 

(e) That if a suitable provider cannot be found through the tender process, then consideration be given for the service to be provided directly by the Council or through a Local Authority Trading Company following a due diligence process.

37.

Arrangements for the Provision of Reablement Services for Adults in Staffordshire pdf icon PDF 352 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

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Note by Clerk: Mark Deaville and Mark Winnington declared a personal interest in this matter as Directors of NEXUS and left the room during the consideration of the report and the decisions thereon.  Jonathan Price also declared a personal interest in this matter as a Board Member of the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust and left the room during the consideration of the report and the decisions thereon.

 

Alan White Image

“The provision of reablement services plays a crucial role in keeping people out of hospital in the first place, speeds up their discharge to prevent bed-blocking and reduces the need for long term care.

 

Working with our partners we provide thousands of hours of care every week across the whole of Staffordshire and I am delighted that this vital service will continue to make such a difference to people’s lives.

 

Improvements in how we commission services and work together will allow staff to spend more time helping people and less time on travel and administration.”

 

Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

Reasons for the Decision – The Section 75 Agreement between the Council and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (‘MPFT’) for reablement services expires in March 2020. Therefore, there is a requirement to enter into a new Section 75 Agreement.

 

Decision – (a) That the recommissioning of reablement services (with capacity and funding as set out in Table 2 to the report considered by Cabinet), be approved.

 

(b) That the County Council enters into a new Section 75 agreement with MPFT for reablement services (as detailed in the report) from 1 April 2020 until 31 March 2023, subject to “d” below.

 

(c) That the County Council enters into a Deed of Variation to vary the reablement contract with Nexxus Trading Services Limited (‘Nexxus’) for reablement services from 31 October 2019, subject to “e” below.

 

(d) That the Director of Health and Care and Director of Corporate Services, in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, be authorised to finalise the terms of the Section 75 Agreement for reablement services.

 

(e) That the Director of Corporate Services be authorised to finalise the terms of the Deed of Variation reablement contract with Nexxus.

38.

Business Case for Council Owned New Build Care Homes with Nursing pdf icon PDF 504 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

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Alan White Image

“Supporting an increasing ageing population, care is an issue for the whole country, but particularly impacts on larger counties like Staffordshire.  We estimate that by 2039 there will be an extra 50,000 people aged 75 or over, and the cost of care for these people is soaring.

 

Both Stafford and South Staffordshire are areas where we have the most difficulties in sourcing placements, and where the rising cost of new admissions is the greatest.  By building these homes, we can increase capacity and offer good quality, cost-effective placements to meet people’s needs.”

 

Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for the development of two new Council owned nursing care homes, one in Stafford and one in South Staffordshire, providing 120-200 additional care home placements.

 

Decision – (a) That the development of two new Council owned nursing care homes, one in Stafford and one in South Staffordshire providing 120-200 additional care home placements, be approved.

 

(b) That these builds be contracted through the Council’s existing Frameworks managed by Entrust.

 

(c) That authority be delegated to the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, in consultation with Director for Health and Care, to select the preferred sites and secure a care provider for the homes, subject to final sign-off of the business case by the County Treasurer.

 

(d) That authority be delegated to the Director for Corporate Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Commercial, to enter into development contracts, subject to final sign-off of the business case by the County Treasurer.

39.

South Staffordshire Growth Agreement pdf icon PDF 214 KB

Leader of the Council

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“Our strong and successful relationship with South Staffordshire Council has delivered results with national and regional significance in recent years. The near fully occupied i54 South Staffordshire site, and recent progress on a major extension to the business park, are bringing investment, income and higher skilled, better paid jobs to the area in just eight years.

 

This new agreement sets out our combined strategy to grow and further develop South Staffordshire’s economy and its communities in a way that benefits everyone. Working together to plan for the future and combine our resources, our two councils will lay the foundations for long term prosperity and a great quality of life for people in South Staffordshire.”

 

Philip Atkins OBE, Leader of the Council

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the growth agreement which has been developed between Staffordshire County Council and South Staffordshire District Council building on the success of the previous two district deals, and which outlines a joint vision for the district and supports the delivery of SCC’s Connected Staffordshire Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

 

Decision – (a) That the South Staffordshire Growth agreement developed between Staffordshire County Council (SCC) and South Staffordshire District Council (SSDC) be approved.

 

(b) That the implementation of the agreement be supported.

40.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 188 KB

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Decision – That the following decisions taken by Cabinet Members under delegated powers be noted:

 

Cabinet Member

Decision

Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

In approving an amendment of the alignment of the proposed Yoxall Bypass highway scheme, which is now compromised by a housing development. (The approval will enable the County Council to sell a small area of land which forms part of a housing plot which the owners wish to sell.

 

41.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 172 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 16 October 2019 to 19 February 2020, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Integrated Performance Report 2019/20 - Quarter 2

Name: Andrew Donaldson/

Robert Flinter/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 278399/ 277090 / 276354

ALD 2022 Community Offer - The Future of Services Directly Provided by the Council

Name: Dr Richard Harling

Tel: (01785) 278700

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman - Public Report on Findings of fault by the County Council

Name: John Tradewell

Tel: (01785) 276102

Property Strategy

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Schools Capital Programme 2019-20

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Adult Learning Disability 2022 Community Offer - Carers

Name: Andrew Jepps

Tel: (01785) 278557

Infrastructure Plus Contract Performance

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Children's and Families System Transformation Part 2 (Including SEND)

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

Opportunities Surrounding the County Farms Estate

Name: Anthony Hodge

Tel: (01785) 277204

Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Plan

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

North Staffordshire Ministerial Direction for Nitrogen Dioxide - Project Update

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Treasury Management Report for the Half-Year Ended 30 September 2019

Name: Melanie Stokes

Tel: (01785) 276330

South Staffordshire Growth Agreement - Project Update

Name: Anthony Hodge

Tel: (01785) 277204

Waste Disposal Arrangements in the North of Staffordshire from 2025

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2020 - 2025

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785)854455

Arrangement for the Provision of Day Care Services for Adults in Staffordshire

Name: Helen Trousdale

Tel: (01785) 277008

Improving the Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People within Staffordshire

Name: Michael Harrison

Tel: (01785) 278163

(Non-Treasury) Commercial Investment Strategy 2020/2021

Name: Melanie Stokes

Tel: (01785) 276330

Treasury Management Strategy 2020/2021

Name: Melanie Stokes

Tel: (01785) 276330

Integrated Performance Report 2019/20 - Quarter 3

Name: Andrew Donaldson/

Robert Flinter/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 278399/ 277090 / 276354

 

 

42.

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

 

43.

New Agreement for Provision of Adult Social Care Assessment and Case Management and Occupational Therapy in Staffordshire

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Note by Clerk: Jonathan Price declared a personal interest in this matter as a Board Member of the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust and left the room during the consideration of the report and the decisions thereon.

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider entering into a new Section 75 Agreement for the provision of a care assessment and case management and occupational therapy service for older people and people with physical disabilities in Staffordshire.

 

Decision – That the recommendations contained in the report be approved.