Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 17th October, 2012 10.00 am

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

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

Media

Items
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27.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 19 September 2012 pdf icon PDF 63 KB

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Minutes:

Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 19 September 2012 be approved.

28.

Leaders' Update

Oral report of the Leader of the Council

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“Quite rightly, the people of Staffordshire have high expectations of their county council.  We continue to work hard to ensure that we are delivering efficiently and effectively in the areas that matter to local people - whether it is creating jobs or helping people to lead healthier lives.  We continue to fight Staffordshire’s corner to tackle a range of important issues: from the future of our rural schools to the need to bring even more jobs and investment to the county.”

 

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 how the Council was speaking up for the interests of Staffordshire residents and how it was supporting people in the areas that mattered most to them, be noted.

29.

Update on School Funding Reform

Oral update of the Cabinet Member for Education, Finance and Transformation

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“We had a very worthwhile and extremely positive meeting with the Minister.  I got the strong impression that a lot of the issues we brought to their attention hadn’t been considered, and that by getting in early, doing something positive and highlighting them to the Minister, it will allow them to go back and think about the implications on counties with a varied school landscape.

 

We agree that school funding needs to be fair, but  the reforms as currently drafted could undermine the future viability of our smaller schools and do not take into account the variety of different arrangements we have in Staffordshire. 

 

I will be looking with interest to see the Government’s response to our proposals.  Ultimately, our priority is our local schools and we have pledged to stand by them to protect their future in any way we can.”

 

Ian Parry, Cabinet Member for Education, Finance and Transformation.

 

Decision – That the oral report of the Cabinet Member for Education, Finance and Transformation giving an update on the Government’s Education Funding Reform proposals and his recent meeting with the Minister responsible, be noted.

30.

Staffordshire County Council Wind Energy Position Statement pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Cabinet Member for Environment and Assets

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“Staffordshire has some outstanding landscapes and architectural landmarks which cannot be compromised by large scale wind energy developments. We understand the need for renewable energy sources and that wind turbines contribute to lowering carbon emissions.

 

However they need to be in the right locations and have proper assessments and checks carried out during the planning process.

 

Staffordshire is a predominantly rural county and we do not want to see the industrialisation of areas through such developments. The local economy and improving people’s quality of life are top priorities for the county council and we don’t want to see them negatively impacted upon as a result of wind turbine developments.”

 

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Environment and Assets

 

Decision That the Statement be formally adopted as the County Council’s position on any future large scale wind energy developments.

 

31.

Alcohol Partnership - request to create pooled funding arrangements pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Safety

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“Tackling the impact of alcohol misuse on individuals, families and their communities has been a major priority of the county council and public sector partners for the last three years. There has been a lot of effective work across Staffordshire, but we are not complacent about this very serious issue.  Today’s decision to pool budgets is a logical next step and will increase the impact we can have in relation to prevention and early intervention. The new arrangement will build on the successes to date and deliver better value for money for Staffordshire taxpayers.”

 

Robbie Marshall, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Safety

 

Decision – (a) That the creation of a pooled funding stream, where Staffordshire County Council assumes the role of host organisation for the funding, be approved.

 

(b) That the partner contributions to the pooled funding stream be ring fenced for the purpose of commissioning substance misuse (drug and alcohol) prevention and early intervention services.

 

(c) That the Alcohol and Drugs Executive Partnership Board acts as the Accountable Body overseeing and approving spend.

32.

2012/13 Quarter 2 Impact and Finance Report pdf icon PDF 708 KB

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Finance and Transformation

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“The people of Staffordshire want to know that the county council is on their side, continually striving to improve opportunities for them – whether this is through job creation, better education and skills or the ability to lead more independent lives.

 

They want to see a well-run council; making the best use of the resources we have to deliver the right outcomes for our residents and businesses and that we are prepared for the many challenges we face as a result of demographic change and the different pressures this brings.

 

Our residents can be assured we will continue to review and improve our services and work with other organisations to ensure Staffordshire remains the county of opportunity.”

 

Philip Atkins, Leader of the County Council and Ian Parry, Cabinet Member for Education, Finance and Transformation.

 

Decision – That the 2012/13 Quarter 2 Impact and Finance Report be noted.

33.

Treasury Management Report for the Half-Year Ended 30 September 2012 pdf icon PDF 680 KB

Cabinet Member for Education,  Finance and Transformation

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“Our treasury management strategy reflects our general policy of achieving the best value for money wherever possible. Making significant savings through prudent management of our finances is good news for Staffordshire people as it means this money can be used to help improve our services. We have maintained careful investments throughout the financial year so far, despite turbulent financial times nationally. The savings detailed in this report follow on from a total of £2 million saved through using cash instead of borrowing in 2011/2012.”

 

Ian Parry, Cabinet Member for Education, Finance and Transformation.

 

Decision – That the Treasury Management activities for the half-year ended 30 September 2012, including the Prudential Indicators detailed in Appendix 3 to the report, be noted.

34.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 19 KB

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

 

Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

In approving that Section 4.2 of the Staffordshire Scheme for Financing Schools, which limits the revenue balances that schools can carry forward from year to year, be suspended until March 2015in response to the significant uncertainties in school funding.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Assets

In approving the sale of 8.58 hectares of land at Pye Green Valley, Cannock to Persimmon Homes.

 

 

35.

Notice of Intention to Make Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 64 KB

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The Notice of Intention to make Key Decisions for the period 21 November 2012 to 20 March 2013, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Draft Strategic Plan 2013/14 to 2017/18 and the Medium Term Financial Strategy

Name: Richard Harris and Jonathan Vining

Tel: (01785) 854455/

(01785) 277353

Procurement of Staffordshire's local HealthWatch

Name: Kate Waterhouse and Wendy Tompson

Tel: (01785) 854267

A Green Paper - A revolution in Care Quality

Name: Amy Jones

Tel: (01785) 854286

Independent Futures

Name: Wendy Angus-Bovell and Niamh Reilly

Tel: 07967 578160

Libraries Strategy

Name: Janene Cox and Catherine Mann

Tel: (01785) 278368/ (01785) 278320

Place Services Delivery Models

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Building a Beautiful Staffordshire

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Staffordshire Volunteering Strategy

Name: Helen Riley

Tel: (01785) 278580

The Strategic Plan 2013/14 to 2017/18 and the Medium Term Financial Strategy

Name: Richard Harris and Jonathan Vining

Tel: (01785) 854455/

(01785) 277353

Education Support Services

Name: John Tradewell

Tel: (01785) 276102

Burton upon Trent - Outcome of consultation on a proposal to enlarge River View Primary and Nursery School in Burton upon Trent

Name: Anne Birch

Tel: (01785) 278602

Decision on Education Funding Reform Options

Name: Ian Wilkie

Tel: (01785) 276321

Treasury Management, Annual Investment and Minimum Revenue Provision Strategies 2013/14

Name: Chris Gibbs

Tel: (01785) 276331

Standard Rates for Care Home Provision.

Name: Glyn Dixon

Tel: (01785) 277466