Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 18th April, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

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

Media

Items
No. Item

106.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 21 March 2018 pdf icon PDF 119 KB

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Minutes:

Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 21 March 2018 be approved.

107.

Leader's Update

Oral report of the Leader of the Council

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Minutes:

Decision – That the oral report of the Leader of the Council giving an update on a range of issues including the continued growth in tourism and its importance to Staffordshire’s economy; three Staffordshire attractions being amongst the finalists in the national Visit England awards; the athletes from Staffordshire who are competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia; the success of the 30 hours of funded childcare pilot in Staffordshire; and 9 out of 10 children in Staffordshire being offered a place at their first choice primary school; be noted.

108.

Minutes of Meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 4 April 2018 pdf icon PDF 15 KB

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Minutes:

Decision –That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 4 April 2018 be received.

109.

Enlargement of St Stephens Primary School, Fradley and Baldwins Gate CE (VC) Primary School pdf icon PDF 304 KB

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Minutes:

 

Mark Sutton

“With new housing proposed for Fradley and Baldwin’s Gate, it is important we ensure there are enough primary school places available to meet demand.  As both schools are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the governing bodies of both schools are keen to embrace expansion so that future pupils can benefit from the valuable education offered by the schools.  We will now set these plans in motion, so that both schools will be enlarged ready for September 2019.”

 

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

 

“We want all of our schools to be rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, so it is important that we plan ahead and accommodate the expected rise in demand for places in these areas.  By putting together comprehensive plans to build new schools and expand existing ones, this year we have recently been able to allocate nearly 94% of parents their first choice school place.  With the well-documented rise in birth rates and proposed housing developments, we have to continue to plan ahead so we can offer good and outstanding school places for children in the county.”

 

Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider increasing the capacity at St Stephen’s Primary School, Fradley and Baldwins Gate CE (VC) School, in response to new housing being built in the villages of Fradley and Baldwins Gate.

 

Decision – (a) That the implementation of proposals to increase school places at St Stephen’s Primary School, Fradley by September 2019 be approved.

 

(b) That the implementation of proposals to increase school places at Baldwins Gate CE (VC) Primary School by September 2019 be approved.

110.

Quarter 4 2017/18 Integrated Performance Report pdf icon PDF 190 KB

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Minutes:

 

Philip Atkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the last quarter of the financial year we have seen continued successes in working towards a more prosperous county where more people are living independently.

 

Staffordshire has had near full employment for some time now with our claimant count below both regional and national averages. Our efforts are now focused on the creation of higher value jobs. We are also working with our partners to support the growth of much-needed housebuilding throughout the county with planned infrastructure developments.

 

Work to improve health and independent living for Staffordshire residents goes on and we have focused efforts on preventing people from going into hospital if not absolutely necessary. We are also doing more to ensure our young people are in a family environment whilst improving the lives of care leavers.

 

It remains priority to people that Staffordshire is a safe place to live and initiatives like our trading standards’ responsible knife sales operation helps to provide reassurance.”

 

Philip Atkins, Leader of the County Council.

 

As we reach the end of the current financial year we have seen a reduction in our forecast overspend thanks to continued careful management throughout 2017/18.

 

Our latest forecast outturn for quarter four shows a £2m overspend which represents just 0.4 per cent of our overall budget. This compares to the quarter three forecast of £4.6million.

 

We have continued to drive efficiencies which have included working smarter across the organisation and rationalising our property portfolio whilst investing where it matters to secure long-term economic growth.

 

Like councils across the country, our main pressures come from adult social care and looked after children. Measures to address such pressures include increased ‘edge of care’ services to help children to remain in and return to the care of their families.”

 

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 – (a) That the Fourth Quarter Budget Monitoring Report 2017/18 be received and the finance position be noted.

 

(b) That the Quarter 4 Performance Report January – March 2018 be received.

111.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 187 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 Commercial

In approving the introduction of an enforcement protocol for dealing with breaches to public rights of way legislation.

Cabinet Member for Commercial

In approving the introduction of a route hierarchy for public rights of way to focus resources on those routes and issues that deliver the greatest benefit.

 

 

112.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 134 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 16 May to 19 September 2018, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Staffordshire County Council Civil Contingencies Policy

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

All-Age Disability Strategy 2018-2023

Name: Dr Richard Harling

Tel: (01785) 278700

Annual Highways and Transport Capital Programme

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Final Outturn Report for 2017/18

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

New Schools proposed across Staffordshire in the next five years up to the academic year 2022/2023

Name: Andrew Marsden

Tel: (01785) 278787

Residential Housing Development Joint Venture

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Treasury Management Report for the Year Ended 31 March 2018

Name:  Johirul Alam

Tel: (01785) 276011

Future Model of Libraries Service

Name:  Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

 

 

 

113.

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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Minutes:

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

 

 

114.

Exempt Decision notice of the meeting held on 21 March 2018

(Exemption paragraph 3)

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Decision – That the exempt notes of the meeting held on 21 March 2018 be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Atkins OBE

Leader of the County Council