Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 18th October, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

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

Media

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38.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 20 September 2017 pdf icon PDF 204 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 20 September 2017 be approved.

39.

County Councillor Robbie Marshall

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The Leader of the Council reported that County Councillor Robbie Marshall had suffered a severe heart attack on the evening of 12 October and was currently in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  The Cabinet extended their thoughts and prayers to Mr Marshall and to his family and friends

40.

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 NHS England’s announcement that it would withhold Better Care Fund funding from councils which failed to meet targets; Staffordshire University climbing 29 places in the Sunday Times Good University Guide; and the impact of the additional investment in pothole repairs resulting in the completion of over 31,000 repairs in the past year compared with around 20,000 in a typical year, be noted.

41.

Staffordshire's Mental Health Challenge pdf icon PDF 406 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

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Alan White Image

Mark Sutton

“With one in four people being affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, it is hugely important they get the support they need at home, at work and in their local community. 

 

We are already doing some great work here in Staffordshire and by signing up to the Mental Health Challenge we are reaffirming our commitment to tackling the inequalities that many people with mental health issues can face. County Councillor Sue Woodward put forward a proposal to sign up to the Mental Health Challenge in May and this received cross-party support, backed unanimously by councillors.”

 

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

 

“This is a clear demonstration of how important the issue is, and shows how in Staffordshire we are determined people affected by mental health issues get the right help and support.”

 

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

 

 

Reasons for the Decision – To provides an overview of the current activity taking place across the County Council, predominantly within the Health & Care Team, in relation to mental health and to seek approval to the County Council signing up to the Local Authorities’ Mental Health Challenge.

 

Decision – (a)That Staffordshire County Council signs up to the Local Authorities’ Mental Health Challenge run by Centre for Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Providers Forum, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Young Minds.

 

(b) That Councillor Ann Edgeller be appointed as the elected member to act as ‘mental health champion’ across the council.

 

(c) That Andrew Jepps (Care Commissioning Lead) acts as lead officer for Mental Health until the new Lead Commissioner for Learning Disabilities and Mental Health is in post.

42.

Staffordshire's Libraries Strategy pdf icon PDF 669 KB

Cabinet Member for Communities

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“Staffordshire’s library service is very important to us all, but the way people are using it is changing all the time and we must change with it to provide as flexible a service as possible to meet the needs of Staffordshire residents.

 

This consultation is about discussing different ways forward, including a greater use of technology to extend opening hours, while keeping libraries relevant to the communities they serve.”

 

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities

 

Reasons for the Decision – To provide an update on the progress of the model for the library service which was agreed by Cabinet on 18 February 2015 and to outline a proposal for continued transformation of the library service.

 

Decision – (a)That the proposal to consult on the proposed strategy for Staffordshire’s Libraries offer, as described within this report, be agreed.

 

(b) That it be noted that public consultation during 2018 will provide additional insight and information which will inform a further Cabinet report which will make final recommendations to enable the service to re-align their offer, take advantage of new technology and realise £1.3m MTFS savings by 2020-21.

43.

Staffordshire Transforming Care Partnership Financial Update pdf icon PDF 319 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

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“Delivering a seamless transition in the provision of care for those who move between hospital and the community is desirable because it gives people and their families more say in the decision-making process, with personalised support appropriate to each case.

 

This decision will provide the financial underpinning to allow the county council and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups to work together effectively and efficiently, enabling people with complex needs to live in community settings instead of hospital settings where possible.”

 

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

 

Reasons for the Decision – To provide update on the Transforming Care Partnership, specifically focusing on the further work undertaken to review the financial risks to the County Council arising from the Transforming Care Programme.

 

Decision – That the principle of a Staffordshire Transforming Care Partnership Financial Risk Share Agreement be agreed subject to the boundaries outlined in the report and that delegated authority for the final detailed agreement be given to the Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing in consultation with the Director of Health and Care and the Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Families and Communities.

 

(b) That the progress of the Staffordshire Transforming Care Programme and the plan for transformation of services for citizens with a Learning Disability and/or Autism be noted.

 

(c) That it be noted that continued work will be undertaken to monitor any financial impacts on the Council of the transformation plan and to mitigate any such risks.

44.

Second Quarter Budget Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 198 KB

Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance

 

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Philip Atkins

“A responsible local authority such as the county council plans ahead so it has a long-term strategy to meet the needs of Staffordshire’s population, while balancing the books in the face of short-term pressures.

 

Philip Atkins, Leader of the County Council.

 

 

 

 

“As a forward-looking, innovative authority committed to thinking outside the box and working collaboratively with both public and private sector partners to get the most from every pound of public money we spend, we are open to considering new ways of funding the essential services we deliver if they are in the best interests of Staffordshire.”

 

Mike Sutherland, Cabinet Member for Finance

 

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 2017/18.

 

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

 

(b) That it be agreed, in principle, to participate in a Business Rates Pilot in 2018/19 and that decisions on the final detail of the bid be delegated to the Director of Finance and Resources in conjunction with the Portfolio Holder for Finance.

 

(c) That £0.250m be allocated from the contingency budget to support the costs of a Business Case for Children’s Services initiatives including; providing support to the Emergency Duty Service, enabling intensive interventions during ‘out of hours’ periods, expanding work with Court and Care Planning teams, and to work with Fostering Intensive Intervention teams.

45.

Quarter 2, 2017/18 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance

 

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Philip Atkins

 

“As we reach the mid-point of the financial year we have seen continuing success in creating more and better paid jobs with a more prosperous Staffordshire as a result.

 

There has been continued near full employment in Staffordshire for some time now, with an unemployment ILO claimant count figure of just one per cent of the local population. Business development continues at pace and there are more opportunities provided for smaller companies – such as the new Tamworth Enterprise Centre and our Rural Enterprise Programme.

 

We are also making every effort to reduce the number of looked after children by keeping families together wherever possible and supporting people to remain independent in their homes for as long as possible.

 

Philip Atkins, Leader of the County Council.

 

“We have worked hard to reduce the county council’s overspend, which now stands at £5.6 million. This represents just 1.1 per cent of our overall budget. The main pressure continues to be the cost of social care, which is an issue for all councils responsible for managing this service. We are confident and resolute in our ability to manage these financial challenges.”

 

Mike Sutherland, Cabinet Member for Finance

 

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.

46.

Staffordshire Better Care Fund pdf icon PDF 363 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

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Alan White Image

 

“The Better Care Fund (BCF) is designed to support more people in their homes and in their communities where possible, rather than in hospitals.

 

Our BCF plan has been agreed locally and recommended for approval by regional and national panels. However, it has not been approved by NHS England, because we were unable to meet its unachievable target to reduce delayed transfers of care.

 

As a consequence, NHS England has indicated that following an escalation process it may withhold or redirect £19.5m that the Clinical Commissioning Groups were expecting to transfer to the Council.

 

The council remains committed to working with the local NHS to achieve targets set by NHS England and will continue to work with CCGs to try and ensure that essential services can be funded.”

 

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

 

Reasons for the Decision – To provide Cabinet with an update in relation to the Better Care Fund including the indication from NHS England that they will not approve the Plan.

 

Decision – (a) That the Better Care Fund (BCF) Plan, submitted to NHS England on 11 September 2017, be noted.

 

(b) That it be noted that NHS England have indicated that they will overturn the recommendation of the regional and national assurance panels to have the BCF Plan approved, and that Staffordshire will therefore enter into the BCF escalation process

 

(c) That the representations that have been made to NHS England and the Secretary of State in support of our BCF Plan be noted.

 

(d) That the risk to the Council’s financial position that has arisen as a result of its BCF Plan not being approved be noted.

 

(e) That officers be requested to continue dialogue and develop plans with the local NHS to mitigate this.

 

(f) That plans for savings be prepared in order to commence contingency planning.

47.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 190 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 Economic Growth

In approving the financial investment in the proposed Innovation Centre No. 6 at Keele University

Cabinet Member for Commercial

In approving terms for the sale of Burton Enterprise Centre, Waterloo Road, Burton upon Trent

Cabinet Member for Commercial

In approving proposed land exchange arrangements in respect of the Stafford Western Access Route (SWAR).

Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

In approving additional funding arrangements in respect of Innovation Centre No. 6 at Keele University

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

In approving the proposal for the County Council to undertake public consultation on the increase in the Published Admission Number at Baldwins Gate CE (VC) Primary School, increasing the school’s capacity by 35 places.

 

48.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 69 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 15 November 2017 to 21 March 2018, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Outturn Report for Treasury Management for the half-year ended 30 September 2017

Name: Johirul Alam

Tel: (01785) 276011

Annual Review of Penda Property Partnership Plan and SAMP

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Residential Housing Development Joint Venture

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Stafford Western Access Route - Land Acquisition Update

Name: Dean Sargeant/ Joshua Moran

Tel: (01785) 895703/

276655

Staffordshire Supported Bus Network

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Countryside Estate Review

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018-23

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Treasury Management Strategy 2018/19

Name: Johirul Alam

Tel: (01785) 276011

Quarter 3, 2017/18 Performance Report

Name: Lauren McMahon

Tel: (01785) 854561

Third Quarter Budget Monitoring Report

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

 

 

49.

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.

50.

Exempt Decision Notice of the Meeting held on 20 September 2017

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Decision – That the exempt notes of the meeting held on 20 September 2017 be approved.

51.

Appointeeships

(Exepmtion Paragraph 3)

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

The recommendations contained in the report were agreed.

52.

BCF Confidential Update

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

The oral report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing was noted.