Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 17th October, 2018 10.00 am

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

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

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34.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 19 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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Minutes:

Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 19 September 2018 be approved.

35.

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 launch of a new campaign as part of National Adoption Week to find more people willing to adopt two or more siblings; the launch of a new MindKind initiative where staff will be trained as Mental Health First Aiders; the National Memorial Arboretum being at the heart of national commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War; the commencement of work for the construction of the Mill Green outlet village near Cannock; and the successful demolition of a bridge over the A50 in Uttoxeter; be noted.

36.

Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 110 KB

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Decision –That the minutes of the meetings of the Property Sub-Committee held on 26 September and 4 October 2018 be received.

37.

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 2 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 303 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance

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Minutes:

Philip Atkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We have seen some notable successes throughout quarter two whilst at the same time managed considerable financial challenges with ongoing pressures from adult and children’s social care.

 

Our focus remains on ensuring we have a thriving economy with opportunities for better paid jobs and enabling people to live healthy and independent lives for as long as possible. As of September, our economic growth programme had created and safeguarded a total of 6,835 jobs and delivered 301 houses. Over the lifetime of the programme, which is scheduled to 2024, infrastructure and projects are planned to allow for a further 20,000 jobs and for the delivery of 15,600 houses.

 

Completed development sites are now generating over £9 million worth of total business rates each year, which help fund the essential support we provide to people young and old in Staffordshire. Given the unprecedented financial challenges we face in the coming years, this return on investment is increasingly important.

 

September also saw the opening of our first new high school in 25 years. The John Taylor Free School will eventually accommodate 1,550 pupils and supports our drive to meet the growing need for primary and secondary school places in Staffordshire”.

 

Philip Atkins, Leader of the Council

 

“Over the last three months, despite increased pressures and continuous demand for both our adult services and children’s services, back office savings work has continued and with rapid and careful financial management has turned a projected overspend of £3.2m at the end of quarter one into a forecast underspend of just under £1.6m at the end of the second quarter.

 

Spending controls are in force across the council to keep a tight grip on our finances and ensure we not only live within our means and protect essential services for the most vulnerable in Staffordshire, but that we also look to maintain our levels of reserves in line with our risk assessment so that we can respond to emergencies or financial shocks in the economy.

 

We continue to manage huge pressures placed on us by adult and children’s social care costs. We recently published our longer-term financial strategy which outlines proposals to reduce costs and close a £35m shortfall in our funding in the next financial year. We face some incredibly difficult decisions in the coming months but as a well-run county council, we will continue delivering value for money for residents and businesses and making every pound we spend count.

 

Mike Sutherland, Cabinet Member for Finance

 

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider an overview of Staffordshire County Council’s progress, performance and financial position in delivering against its Strategic Plan and Delivery Plan.

 

Decision – That the report be received.

38.

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 Learning and Employability

In approving the commencement of public consultation on the proposed expansion of Manor Hill First School, Stone.

 

39.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 21 November 2018 to 20 March 2019, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

i54 Western Extension Project Update

Name: Anthony Hodge

Tel: (01785) 277204

Pan Staffordshire Approach to Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

Name: Liz Mellor

Tel: 07870 179012

Outturn Report for Treasury Management for half year ended 30 September 2018

Name:  Johirul Alam

Tel: (01785) 276011

Waste Disposal Arrangements in the North of Staffordshire from 2025

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Proposal to Enlarge Holy Trinity CE (C) Primary School, Burton-upon-Trent

Name: Andrew Marsden

Tel: (01785) 278787

Developing a Workforce for Now and the Future

Name: John Henderson

Tel: 0300 111 8000

Staffordshire History Centre Update

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2019 - 2024

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Staffordshire Moorlands Growth Strategy

Name: Anthony Hodge Tel: (01785) 277204

Enlargement of Manor Hill First School, Stone

Name: Andrew Marsden

Tel: (01785) 278787

Residential Housing Development Joint Venture

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Approval for Staffordshire County Council to Join Midlands Connect Sub-National Transport Body as a Constituent Member

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Treasury Management, Annual Investment and Minimum Revenue Provision Strategies 2019/20

Name:  Johirul Alam

Tel: (01785) 276011

Annual Review of Penda Property Partnership Plan and SAMP

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 3 2018/19

Name: Robert Flinter, Rob Salmon and Andrew Donaldson

Tel: (01785) 277090/ 276354/ 278399

Countryside Estate Review

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368