Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 19th August 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams

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

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Items
No. Item

1.

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 Nos.

Interest

Reason

Johnny McMahon

4

Personal

Owner of property near to County Farm Holding No. 6, Old Wood, Blithbury Road, Rugeley

Mark Deaville

6

Personal

Local businessman and Licencee

 

 

 

2.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 15 July 2020 pdf icon PDF 176 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 15 July 2020 be approved.

3.

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 news that the Government had listened to concerns and had agreed to revert to predicted grades for both A-levels and GCSEs; how the county council was working with headteachers to bring all pupils back to school safely in September; the Council’s appeals to pupils and parents to walk, ride, or park and stride, to encourage exercise and reduce congestion at the school gates; the commencement of a major piece of research to improve the support the Council  provides for children with special educational needs and disabilities; and the Council’s continuing work with partners to manage and prevent outbreaks of Covid-19; be noted.

4.

Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 5 August 2020 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

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Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 5 august 2020 be received.

5.

Treasury Management report for the year ended 31 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 715 KB

Cabinet Member for Finance

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“The UK economy continued to face an uncertain environment in 2019/20, with Brexit deadline extensions and the Covid-19 pandemic. The County Council retained its Treasury Management Policy of using internal cash balances instead of borrowing money. This has delivered significant savings for taxpayers, as the infrastructure to deliver more skilled, better-paid jobs is being funded at a lower cost.”

 

Mike Sutherland, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

 

Reasons for the Decision – To inform the Cabinet of the Council’s investment and borrowing activity during 2019/20 including both borrowing and investment decisions taken throughout the year in the light of the interest rates and economic conditions prevailing at the time.

 

Decision (a) That the treasury management activities for the year ended 31 March 2020, including the Prudential Indicators outturn detailed in Appendix 4 to the report, be noted.

 

(b) That the use of the Minimum Revenue Provision at 31 March 2020, as set out in paragraphs 32 and 33 of the report, be approved.

 

(c) That the current Annual Investment Strategy is considered prudent and sufficiently robust to meet any market challenges created by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and that Officers will continue to monitor the position.

6.

Delegation of authority to issue Directions under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

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“Everyone has a part to play in halting the spread of Covid-19. Whilst the vast majority of businesses are complying with the guidance, we have been made aware of a number of premises that aren’t following it, and potentially putting the people who use them at risk.

 

We will be stepping up our powers to ensure businesses, premises and events are following the guidance to keep people safe. Any potential closure will be a last resort—we will continue to work with businesses to help them comply with the regulations, but the safety of the public has to come first.”

 

Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

Reasons for the Decision To consider the delegation of powers under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.3) Regulations 2020 which came into force on 18th July 2020.

 

Decision – (a) That the process for the issuing of direction notices under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.3) Regulations 2020 by Staffordshire Council be approved.

 

(b) That authority to issue direction notices, restricted to direction notices that do not constitute key decisions, as well as the review of those direction notices, be delegated to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Director for Health and Care in his capacity as director of Public Health.

 

(c) That in the event of the Chief Executive not being available for any reason, authority to issue and review direction notices, may be exercised by the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities or the Director for Environment, Infrastructure and Skills, in consultation with the Director for Health and Care in his capacity as director of Public Health.

 

(d) That in the event of the Director of Public Health not being available, for any reason, the consultation for the issue of the direction shall be deputised to a Consultant in Public Health in accordance with his sub scheme of delegation.

 

(e) That before issuing notices in accordance with (b) above, the Chief Executive will inform the Leader, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing and the Local Member of the intention to issue such notices.

7.

Update from COVID-19 Member Led Local Outbreak Control Board pdf icon PDF 184 KB

Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

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Reasons for the Decision – To consider an update from the COVID-19 Member Led Local Outbreak Control Board including the response to an outbreak related to the Crown and Anchor pub in Stone, and an ongoing elevated level of infections in parts of Burton.

 

Decision – That the report be received.

8.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 191 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 Learning and Employability

In approving Staffordshire County Council’s Community Learning funding allocation and distribution 2020 to 2021.

Cabinet Member for Commercial

In approving the gifting of supplies of emergency food parcels (approximate value £40,000) to the eight District “anchor” voluntary organisations (or their associated food banks) to support the on-going provision of food to these residents in order to release County Council staff back to their business as usual activities as part of the Council’s recovery plan.

Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

In approving the repayment of £6,400 of Housing Benefit as recommended by the Local Government Ombudsman.

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

In approving for the special purpose vehicle to provide a step down service for moving children from residential care to foster care. It is a payment by results model, where outcomes are paid for when stability milestones are met. Part of the outcome payments are funded by the Life Chances Fund, which was awarded by the Big Lottery. The Local Authority is using this special purpose vehicle which will commission, manage and work with foster care provider(s) to source placements.

 

 

9.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 16 September 2020 to 20 January 2021, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Consultation on Proposals for Changes to Marshlands School and Greenhall Nursery

Name: Tim Moss

Tel: (01785) 27963

Strategic Review of the Older People Care Home Market in Staffordshire 2020

Name: Andrew Jepps

Tel: (01785) 278557

Midlands Engine - Accountable Body Arrangements

Name: Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 276354

Nexxus Trading Services Limited - Annual Report 2019/2020

Name: Dr Richard Harling/

Helen Riley

Tel: (01785) 278700/ 278580

Recommissioning of Home Care Services

Name: Helen Trousdale

Tel: (01785) 277008

Integrated Performance Report 2020-21 - Quarter 2

Name: Andrew Donaldson/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 278399/ 276354

SCC COVID-19 Planning and Recovery - Progress Update

Name: Janene Cox/ Andrew Donaldson

Tel: (01785) 278368/

278399

Adult Learning Disability 2022 Community Offer: Update on Learning Disability Services Directly Provided by Staffordshire County Council

Name: Andrew Jepps

Tel: (01785) 278557

Children’s and Families (including SEND) System Transformation – Update

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

Mitigation Plans for Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

North Staffordshire Ministerial Direction for Nitrogen Dioxide - Project Update

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Waste Disposal Arrangements in the North of Staffordshire from 2025

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

 

 

 

10.

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

 

11.

Burton Stronger Towns Fund

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills

 

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider progress made to date towards the submission of the Investment Plan for the Burton Stronger Towns Fund to MHCLG.

 

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

12.

Review of Future Use of Kingston Centre, Stafford

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND)

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the retention of the Kingston Centre for potential future use as a primary school site.

 

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

 

 

Alan White

Leader of the County Council