Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 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

80.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

The following Members declared an interest in accordance with Standing Order 16.5:-

 

Member

Minute Nos.

Interest

Reason

Mark Deaville

91

Personal

Director of NEXUS

Mark Winnington

91

Personal

Director of NEXUS

 

81.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 6 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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Decision That, subject to the addition of “Gill Burnett” in the list of persons submitting apologies for non-attendance, the notes of the meeting held on 6 March 2019 be approved.

82.

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 Ofsted’s recent inspection of the Council’s children’s services were the service retained its overall rating of Good (one of only three councils in the West Midlands to achieve this rating); the Council’s on-going lobbying for a long-term solution to the funding of both adult and children’s social care;  nine out of 10 parents in Staffordshire being allocated their first choice secondary school for their child; and the arrangements for this years’ Staffordshire Day on 1 May which will celebrate the County’s industrial heritage; be noted.

83.

Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 6 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 262 KB

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Minutes:

Decision –That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 6 March 2019 be received.

84.

Countryside Estate Review Update pdf icon PDF 311 KB

Cabinet Member for Communities

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“Our countryside estate makes a significant contribution to the health and quality of life in the county and should be cherished.

 

As one of the jewels in Staffordshire’s crown, ownership of the estate will remain with the County Council, but our proposals to develop its management aim to ensure that this contribution can be sustained for future generations.

 

We are determined to get this right and in recent years we have spent a great deal of time discussing the options with local stakeholders and interested parties.

 

These next steps will be taken working with those interested partners for the benefit of all.”

 

Gill Heath and Cabinet Member for Communities

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for a financially sustainable operating model for the countryside estate and public rights of way network.

 

Decision (a) That, based on the outcomes of the options appraisal and discussion and comment from the Prosperous Select Committee on the 18 January 2019, an approach based on Management Proposal 2 be adopted. However due to the required time scales for MTFS delivery, it be delivered in two stages as follows:

 

Stage 1 – Re-organisation of the in-house operating model

This will address the short-term requirement to deliver MTFS commitments and will include:

 

                 i.    Reorganisation of the operational model for Rural County

               ii.    Rationalisation of vehicles, plant and equipment

              iii.    Invest in volunteering to support operational management and develop community involvement and capacity

             iv.    Explore income generation opportunities that can be delivered in the short-term and that do not impact on future options for the sites; any income generated will be used to support the operating model, with any surplus income ring-fenced to invest back in the sites.

 

It is proposed that this first stage will be implemented during 2019/20.

 

Stage 2 – Develop measures for longer term sustainability

This will explore measures to develop a more sustainable approach to managing the estate in the longer term, including to achieve greater investment in the sites so that they can better achieve their potential for Staffordshire’s communities and visitors. Tasks will include:

 

                 i.    Financial modelling to support decision-making and the development of business cases for any potential management transfers;

               ii.    A procurement process to explore the potential for transferring management to environmental bodies, likely to be through a competitive dialogue process;

              iii.    Should sufficient sites remain following the procurement process, exploration of establishment of a trust or not-for-profit body to manage the larger sites;

             iv.    Continued work on the in-house operating model to increase efficiency, including exploration of contracts to deliver key tasks and local partnership working to deliver economies of scale where appropriate.

 

It is proposed that work on the procurement should begin in 2019 twin-tracking with the reorganisation of the in-house operating model; the re-organisation would take priority due to the need to deliver MTFS commitments.

 

(b) That the outline time scale for implementing the stages detailed above (as set out in Appendix C to the report) be agreed. Key milestones include delivery of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 84.

85.

Staffordshire County Council People Strategy pdf icon PDF 342 KB

Cabinet Member for Learing and Employability

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“As a council, we are changing. We have big ambitions for Staffordshire and a difficult budget to deliver, so we need to work in new, creative ways to help residents lead happy, healthy and prosperous lives. To do this, we need talented people with the right skills for the future, and leaders who can inspire and motivate their teams.

 

We want the county council to be a great place to work because a happy, productive workforce will have a positive impact on the lives of the people we serve in Staffordshire. Employees throughout the organisation have been involved in creating this ambitious new strategy, which sets out what we intend to do to support and develop our workforce over the months and years ahead. The same employees and leaders across the county council will now be charged with putting it into practice.”

 

Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the Council’s People Strategy which sets out the strategic approach to investing in the skills and aptitudes needed by its workforce in order for the council to successfully meet its ambitions for the future. 

 

Decision – (a) That the evidenced based approach adopted in the development of the strategy be noted.

 

(b) That the strategy be approved.

 

(c) That the Year 1 priorities be endorsed and the implementation of the Plan be supported.

86.

Public Health Commissioned Services pdf icon PDF 367 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

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Alan White Image

“Public Health services continue to provide vital interventions to help people live healthier lifestyles.

 

Despite reductions in central government funding for Public Health, we will continue to build on our recent successes into 2019/20 and 2020/21 and look at areas where improvements are needed. By continually reviewing the way we work and adapting this to the needs of our population, we can be sure that people in Staffordshire will continue to enjoy good health for as long as possible.”

 

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

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider recent developments in Public Health services and to delegate authority for the award of contracts during 2019/20 and 2020/21 to the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing.

 

Decision – (a) That the recent developments in Public Health services, particularly an expansion of the active promotion of NHS Health Checks, be noted.

 

(b) That delegated authority be given to the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing to award Public Health to award contracts for Drug and Alcohol services and Sexual Health services during 2019/20 and 2020/21.

 

(c) That the reference in the NHS long term plan to the possibility of changes to the arrangements for commissioning of Public Health services, although no firm commitments or timescales were set out, be noted.

87.

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

Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

In approving changes to the English National concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) - change times of free travel to align with statutory requirements.

Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

In approving an updated version of the County Council’s Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Plan (HIAMP).

Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability

In approving the Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2020/21 & Coordinated Admissions Scheme 2020/21.

Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability

In approving Staffordshire County Council’s Community Learning Procurement arrangements 2019 to 2023 and funding allocation and distribution for the first contract year.

 

 

88.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 17 April to 21 August 2019, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Highways and Transport Capital Programme 2019/20

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 4 2018/19

Name: Robert Flinter, Rob Salmon and Andrew Donaldson

Tel: (01785) 277090/ 276354/ 278399

Adult Learning Disability Community Offer 2022

Name: Amy Evans

Tel: (01785) 277160

Development of a Regional Permanency Arrangement

Name: Joseph Sullivan/ Deborah Ramsdale

Tel: (01785) 278062

Care Home Commissioning - Block Booking Provision for Long Term Placements

Name: Helen Trousdale

Tel: (01785) 277008

Supported Living Dynamic Purchasing System

Name: Andrew Jepps

Tel: (01785) 278557

Staffordshire History Centre Stage 1 NLHF Application

Name: Joanna Terry

Tel: (01785) 278370

Future Delivery of Adult Social Care Services

Name: Amanda Stringer

Tel: (01785) 895170

Waste Disposal Arrangements in the North of Staffordshire from 2025

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (10785) 276522

 

 

 

89.

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.

 

PART TWO

 

 

90.

Lease of Office Accommodation in Staffordshire Place 2

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Cabinet Member for Commercial

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for the Council to lease its surplus office accommodation on floors two and three in Staffordshire Place Two.

 

Decision – That the recommendations in the report be agreed.

91.

Strategic Review of the Home Care Market in Staffordshire

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Note by Clerk: Mr Deaville and Mr Winnington declared an interest in this matter as Directors on the Board of Nexus and left the room during the consideration of this item and the decision thereon.

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the outcomes from the Strategic Review of the Home Care Market in Staffordshire.

 

Decision – That the recommendations in the report be agreed.