Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 26th October, 2016 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

45.

Declarations of Interest in accordance with Standing Order 16

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There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.

 

46.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 5 October 2016 pdf icon PDF 185 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 5 October 2016 be approved.

47.

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 County Council giving an update on a range of issues including the Penda Property Partnership, the annual local enterprise partnership meeting where the theme was economic growth and job creation, how the Council is delivering on its priorities for people and communities and the financial position of the authority be noted.

48.

Penda Property Partnership – Partnership Plan and Strategic Asset Management Plan pdf icon PDF 228 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters

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“The Penda Property Partnership has been established for more than a year and has already made an impact in contributing to delivering to the Council’s strategic outcomes and the priorities of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire.

 

“The Partnership has already delivered successes for the residents of Staffordshire in terms of enabling the building new houses and generating capital receipts for the Council that will support new jobs and investment.

 

“Now that it’s bedded in, the second year of the Partnership will be the start of significant delivery as the collective skills of the Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Kier are brought together innovatively to unlock the value in our property to support the delivery of our outcomes and reinvest in Staffordshire’s future.”

 

Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters.

 

Reasons for the Decision – To seek the approval of Cabinet to the refreshed Strategic Asset Management Plan and Partnership Plan; to give the Deputy Leader delegated authority to approve business cases for the portfolio of projects and programmes in the Partnership Plan; to approve the delegation of authority to the Deputy Leader in consultation with the Director of Finance and Resources to approve the inclusion of new opportunities into the Partnership Plan;  and to approve the resultant business cases where the required investment from the Council is below £10m.

 

Decision (a) That the refreshed Strategic Asset Management Plan and Partnership Plan be adopted.

 

(b) That delegated authority be given to the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters, in consultation with the Director of Finance and Resources, to approve the business cases developed for the council and any joint projects and programmes listed in the Partnership Plan with the exception to those projects referenced in “(c)” below.

 

(c) That those projects detailed in Appendix C to the report, where the Cabinet’s approval to a business case is required, be referred to the Cabinet for their consideration prior to referral to the Partnership Board.

 

(d) That delegated authority be given to the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters to approve any new projects for inclusion in the Partnership Plan where an immediate opportunity presents itself that supports the delivery of Strategic Outcomes subject to the investment required from the County Council being below £10m.

49.

Quarter 2, 2016/17 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Leader of the Council and Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters

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Philip Atkins

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“One of our key priorities as a county council is to help ensure people get the best opportunity to access good quality jobs and that we have a skilled workforce who can help us continue to grow and strengthen the local economy.

With move towards funding local government through the retention of business rates it is hugely important that we work with partners to attract investment, develop new business and create better quality for Staffordshire people.”

 

Philip Atkins OBE, Leader of the Council

 

“Supporting a growing, ageing population continues to be both a priority and a financial pressure not just for the county, but for the country.

“We need to focus on supporting more people to be well, keep well and where we can care for people in their homes and local communities.

“This is not only more affordable and sustainable, but is the right thing to do.”

 

Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters

 

Reasons for the Decision To provide Cabinet with an overview of the county council’s performance (including the delivery of the Medium Term Financial Strategy) and the progress being made in delivering the three priority outcomes –

 

  • The people of Staffordshire will be able to access more good jobs and feel the benefits of economic growth.
  • The people of Staffordshire will be healthier and more independent.
  • The people of Staffordshire will feel safer, happier and more supported in and by their Community.

 

Decision – That the report be received.

 

50.

Second Quarter Budget Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 212 KB

Leader of the Council and Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters

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Philip Atkins

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“Although like all authorities we are facing significant financial challenges particularly around funding social care, it is important that we continue to focus on shaping a strong economy, create more quality jobs for Staffordshire people and work with our partners to attract fresh investment into the county.

This proactive approach will help ensure Staffordshire benefits from the longer term funding through business rate retention and will allow us to fund the council’s wider priorities to help residents lead healthier, more independent and more rewarding lives.”

 

Philip Atkins OBE, Leader of the Council

 

“Although there are increasing financial pressures around funding health and social care, such as the loss of £15m from the Better Care Fund, as a county council we have taken swift and decisive steps towards bridging this gap to help balance the books, which we have a statutory duty to do.

Despite these challenges, we have slightly reduced the predicted overspend for this quarter to £12.2m, which equates to 2.6 per cent of the council’s overall budget.”

 

Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters.

 

Reasons for the Decision – To inform the Cabinet of the financial position of the county council (including the delivery of the Medium Term Financial Strategy) at the end of the second quarter 2016/17

 

Decision – (a) That the second quarter finance position be noted.

 

(b) That the allocation of £2.439m from the corporate contingency be agreed to support the costs arising from:

 

• Adults’ Disability Service – National Living Wage £1m

• Long Term Conditions – National Living Wage £1m

• Culture - Green Book back pay - £0.439m

 

(c) That the additional savings now required to fund the costs of the risk share payment to SSOTP be noted.

 

(d) That the additional costs associated with the new Section 75 agreement with SSOTP be noted and be included in the MTFS process for 2017/18 onwards.

 

(e) That the returning to payment terms of 30 days for all payments to suppliers be approved.

 

51.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 189 KB

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

 

Cabinet Member

Decision

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Matters and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

In approving the detailed arrangements for the surrender of the lease of the Shugborough Estate.

Cabinet Member for Communities and the Environment

In approving the introduction of charges for certain types of non-household waste brought to Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

In approving the Highways and Transport Capital Programme 2016/17

Cabinet Member for Communities and the Environment

In approving a new Partnership Agreement governing the aims, powers, functions, objectives and duties of the Cannock Chase AONB Joint Committee.

 

 

52.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 132 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 16 November 2016 to 15 March 2017, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Treasury Management Report for the Half-Year Ended 30 September 2016

Name: Tim Byford

Tel: (01785) 278196

Staffordshire Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Plan 2017

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Infrastructure+

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2017-2022

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Quarter 3 2016/17 Performance Report

Name: Lauren Jackson

Tel: (01785) 854561

Treasury Management Annual Investment and Minimum Revenue Provision Strategies 2017/18

Name: Tim Byford

Tel: (01785) 278196

Third Quarter Budget Monitoring Report

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

 

 

 

53.

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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RESOLVED - 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 reports on the following issues:

 

54.

Exempt Decision Notice of the meeting held on 5 October 2016

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

55.

Stafford Western Access Route

Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

56.

Kingswood Lakeside Business Park

Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)