Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 18th January, 2012 10.00 am

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

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

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79.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 21 December 2011 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 21 December 2011 be approved.

80.

Staffordshire Prosperity Update

Oral report of the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Enterprise

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“APC, the largest next day delivery service network, based in Essington, has been given planning permission for a 150,000 sq ft logistics site at Kingswood Lakeside, securing 300 jobs and creating 120 jobs.

 

Since it was launched in November, “Made in Staffordshire” has attracted 19 members with a further two expressions of interest.

 

The number of businesses successfully applying for the Staffordshire Business Support Fund reached 55 at the end of 2011. A total of £1,452,000 has been lent, safeguarding 121 jobs and creating 109.5 posts.

 

Alstom is preparing to launch its 2012 apprentice programme by highlighting the opportunities for young people. In 2011 more than 100 apprentices and 25 graduates joined the company.

 

Busy Bees childcare provider has bought Early Years Childcare. This will add nine locations to the Busy Bees chain, offering an extra 685 places. Busy Bees is the UK’s largest children’s nursery provider with 146 sites.

 

Keele Valley Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme has been completed after securing £1 million in finance from The Cooperative Bank.”

 

Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Enterprise.

 

Decision – That the oral report of the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Enterprise giving an update on a range of issues including the granting of planning consent for the Jaguar Landrover Engine Plant on the i54 site in South Staffordshire and for the APC development at Kingswood Lakes, Cannock; recent tourism initiatives; the success of the Council’s Business Support Fund and “Made in Staffordshire” initiative; and the growth in the number of apprenticeships being offered across Staffordshire, be noted.

81.

Staffordshire Families and Communities Update

Oral report of the Leader of the Council

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“The integration of community health and social care services has been given the necessary final approvals and will be going ahead. This means that we will be creating the largest combined social care and health trust in the UK and a single Staffordshire wide body delivering fully joined up community health and social care services.  This is a bold and ambitious plan driven by our determination to improve the health, wellbeing and care for people across Staffordshire.

 

Disabled people in Staffordshire will continue to get Blue Badgesfor free despite the Government’s recommendation that a £10 charge should be introduced. This is another example of how our careful and balanced management of finances means we can continue to deliver vital front line services.

 

The county council has made it clear to Government that we haven’t been convinced the business case for HS2 stacks up, and we couldn’t support a scheme which we felt wouldn’t bring sufficient economic benefits to Staffordshire to outweigh the local environmental impacts.   Staffordshire has always played a pragmatic and objective role in acting in the best interests of the people of Staffordshire.  Now the Government has given the go ahead on the basis of national interest we will work with them to ensure that the benefits for Staffordshire are maximised and the impacts minimised.  This balanced and business focused realism and ambition is placing Staffordshire at the front of the pack for job creation and inward investment nationally.

 

Now in its second year, the Volunteer Staffordshire campaign has been a tremendous success.  Nominations have now closed and we have received over 700 nominations, double the amount from last year. 

 

Staffordshire Place is a fantastic community resource which is to be shared with local people. Over 120 people have now visited Staffordshire Place made up of local people, staff and their families.  More tours are planned throughout January.”

 

Philip Atkins, Leader of the County Council.

 

Decision – That the oral report of the Leader of the County Council giving an update on a range of issues including progress on the integration of health and social care services; the decision of the County Council not to charge for issuing “Blue Badges”; the success of the Volunteer Staffordshire campaign; the completion of the relocation of 1,800 members of staff into Staffordshire Place; and the County Council’s continued commitment to represent the interests of Staffordshire residents following the recent government announcement on HS2, be noted.

82.

Finding a Procurement Partner pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation

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Staffordshire’s procurement team is looking to save a further £15 million over the next two years.

 

A radical reform of the way the County Council buys goods and services will save an extra £5 million in 2012/2013 and an extra £10 million in 2013/2014.

 

Providing first class, good value for money services for Staffordshire will remain the top priority – this is not about salami slicing.

 

The county will work with a ‘procurement partner’ that would support and build upon the excellent work that the in-house team is already doing but, with extra people the transformation process could be sped up.”

 

Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation

 

Decision – (a) That the procurement of a Procurement Partner as outlined in the report to assist the Council with the transformation of its procurement activity be approved.

 

(b) That the Director of Finance and Resources be given delegated authority to select the shortlist of firms to be invited to tender for this contract.

 

(c) That the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation be given delegated authority to select the Council’s Procurement Partner and award the contract.

83.

Treasury Management, Annual Investment and Minimum Revenue Provision Strategies 2012/13 pdf icon PDF 1004 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation

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The county council is proud of its sound financial management – including its investment and borrowing activity.

 

We will always use our own money if possible but understand it is sometimes necessary to borrow. Spending our own money means we will have less to invest; but this means we are avoiding what is currently a risky financial environment.

 

The investments we do make are carefully considered and based on expert advice. It is more important we have a return of our money than a return on our money.

 

Staffordshire residents can be assured that our investment and borrowing activity is sensible and prudent, leaving us in a secure position.”

 

Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation.

 

Decision – (a) That it be recommend to the County Council, at its meeting on 8 March 2012, that the updated CIPFA Treasury Management in the Public Services Code of Practice (2011) (the Code) and the Treasury Management Policy Statement (as set out in Appendix 2 to the report) be adopted.

 

(b) That the proposed borrowing strategy for the 2012/13 financial year comprising:

 

(i)                  the use of cash in lieu of borrowing required in 2012/13;

(ii)                the use of cash to repay loans early, subject to market conditions;

(iii)               as a contingency the ability to borrow new loans as a result of unexpected changes in;

·        the capital programme;

·        the level of cash balances; or

·        repayment of LOBO’s.

(iv)              a forward borrowing strategy that will not be used in 2012/13; and

(v)                a loan rescheduling strategy that is unlimited where this re-balances risk;

(vi)              The above to operate within the prudential limits (as set out in Appendix 3 to the report) and in consultation with the Deputy Leader with respect to early loan repayment, raising new loans and loan rescheduling.

 

be approved.

 

(c) That, in accordance with regulations, it be recommended to the County Council, at its meeting on 8 March 2012, that the Annual Investment Strategy (AIS) 2012/13 comprising:

 

            a) investment instruments;

            b) credit quality;

            c) term of investments;

 

(as described in paragraphs 60 to 107 and as detailed in Appendices 6, 7, 8 and 10 to the report), be adopted.

 

(d) That, as required by guidance, policies on;

 

a) reviewing the strategy;

b) the use of external advisors; and

c) training.

 

(as described in paragraphs 108 to 119 to the report), be adopted.

 

(e) That, in accordance with regulations, it also be recommended to the County Council that the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) policy 2012/13 (as summarised in paragraphs 120 to 122; and as shown at Appendix 11 to the report) be adopted.

84.

Approval of Construction Partner for the Staffordshire University Academy Project pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

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“The Staffordshire University Academy has been successful in securing £9.7 million of capital investment from central government to improve the school buildings.

 

Following a six week bidding process the county council, working in partnership with the University and Academy, has appointed Balfour Beatty Construction as the selected panel member in November.

 

The timescales, as determined by Partnerships for Schools, will see construction starting on site in March 2012, subject to planning approval.

 

This is all part of our commitment to transforming education in Staffordshire, putting the emphasis on good quality teaching.  We aim to get the very best out of the young people of Staffordshire, equipping them with the skills and qualifications needed to gain employment and further boost the economy of Staffordshire.”

 

Liz Staples, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

 

 

Decision – That the contract be awarded to the construction partner, Balfour Beatty to deliver works and services re: grant of £9.7million, to create assets for the Staffordshire University Academy, Hednesford, Cannock WS12 4JH.

 

85.

Decisions taken by Portfolio Holders under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 21 KB

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Decision - That the following decision taken by a Portfolio Holders under delegated powers be noted:

 

Cabinet Member for

Education and Skills

In approving proposals to undertake public consultation on proposed changes to the Post 16 home to school and college transport policy

 

Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and Cabinet Member for Childrens’ Wellbeing.

In approving the commencement of public consultation in respect of the following proposed changes to Children’s Centres:

i)        Aligning Children’s Centre catchments with the new Families First areas, and implementing district hub and spoke management arrangements.

ii)      Transferring Local Authority childcare to the wider childcare market

iii)    Removing the “Nursery School Status” from three specific children’s centres, that currently have this status.

 

86.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 48 KB

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The Forward Plan for the period 1 February to 31 May 2012, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

The Strategic Plan 2012/13 to 2016/17 and the Medium Term Financial Strategy

Name: Richard Harris and Jonathan Viking

Tel No: (01785) 854455/

01785 277353

Broadband Delivery UK and Staffordshire

Name: Steve Burrows,

Tel: (01785) 277204

Use of the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund in 2012-13

Name: Julie Long,

Tel: 07989 148731

Partnership for Care: Capital Limits and Impact on Rural Communities

Name: Ian James,

Tel: (01785) 854269

Joint Third Quarter Outturn Performance and Budget Monitoring Report

Name: Richard Harris and Jonathan Viking

Tel No: (01785) 854455/

01785 277353

Street Lighting PFI – Service Delivery Review

Name: Stephen Bradbury,

Tel: (01785) 276558

Burton upon Trent Primary School Place Strategy

Name: Anne Birch

Tel: 01785 278602

Staffordshire Strategic Property Plan

Name: Jamie MacDonald,

Tel: (01785) 277508

Joint Fourth Quarter Outturn Performance and Budget Monitoring Report

Name: Richard Harris and Jonathan Viking

Tel No: (01785) 854455/

01785 277353

 

87.

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.

88.

Purchase of Land in Burton upon Trent for a new Primary School pdf icon PDF 69 KB

(exemption paragraph 3)

 

Cabinet Member for Environment and Assets (report to follow)

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(Exclusion Paragraph 3)

 

Decision – (a) That the County Council agrees to purchase 8.9 acres of land off Belvedere Road, Burton upon Trent, on the terms set out in paragraph 15 of the report, to facilitate the creation of a new 2 form of entry (FE) (420 pupils) primary school by September 2013.

 

(b) That authority be given to the Director of Law and Democracy (in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Assets) to settle final terms of the transaction after consideration of any relevant issues, and enter into the necessary legal agreements to give effect to this transaction.