Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 20th January 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams

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

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68.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 6 January 2021 pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 6 January 2021 be approved.

69.

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 the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination roll out, commencing with people over 70 and the clinically extremely vulnerable;  the opening of eight new testing centres across the county for people without symptoms; the Council’s on-going work to support Staffordshire businesses, safeguard jobs, creating new apprenticeships and helping people back into the workplace;  progress on the Lichfield Southern Bypass and Stafford Western Access Routes – two major schemes that will reduce congestion and unlock land for new business and housing; the recent announcement by Asos that they will be building a new £90m distribution centre in Lichfield, creating up to 2,000 jobs; and the outstanding work our teachers, school staff and early years providers are doing to care for the youngest children in Staffordshire and keep schools open for the children of key workers as well as vulnerable children, at the same time as supporting the majority of children to keep learning at home; be noted.

70.

Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 6 January 2021 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

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Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 6 January 2021 be received.

71.

Update from COVID-19 Member Led Local Outbreak Control Board pdf icon PDF 186 KB

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Reasons for the Decision – To consider an update from the COVID-19 Member Led Local Outbreak Control Board including the country entering in a third national lockdown following a rapid and substantial rise in the number of cases of Covid-19 in large part due to the emergence of a new and more infectious strain of the virus; the number of cases in Staffordshire during the first half of January 2021 being higher than at any point during the pandemic; the increased pressure on the NHS with almost half of hospital beds given over to care of Covid-19 patients; the rolling out of the Covid-19 vaccination (with the priority groups for vaccination being people over 70, care home residents and staff; all other health and care workers, and people deemed ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’); and the Council’s continuing efforts to prevent and control the spread of the virus including testing for people without symptoms being available to all residents with at least one site in each district and borough.

 

Decision – That the report be received.

72.

Staffordshire Means Back to Business: Investing in our Economy pdf icon PDF 253 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills

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“It is critical that as a county council we continue to prioritise support for small businesses and people whose jobs or employment prospects have been impacted by the pandemic.

 

In an area like Staffordshire that has a county council plus district and borough councils with their own COVID-19 funding this support is far more effectively delivered by close collaborative working between councils and a range of other partners to make our respective funding go further. We hope that our three new programmes will enable the Additional Restrictions Grant to reach more people affected by the pandemic. We owe it to businesses and communities to direct all available funding where it is needed most, and vitally to make it accessible as soon as possible.

 

The new programmes are designed to complement existing support schemes and cover gaps in the assistance already available. We look forward to working with colleagues across our districts and boroughs to get them off the ground imminently.”

 

Philip White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the delivery of further investment in our economy, by the County Council and its partners, most notably through enhanced two tier working.

 

Decision – (a) That it be agreed that £862,000 of Staffordshire County Councils resources are made available to support the following activities:

 

·       Staffordshire 500, Apprentices Wage Support (£500,000)

·       Nil Cost Training for Employers Top Up Project (£104,000)

·       Small Business “To Thrive” Financial Support (£150,000)

·       Additional Capacity (up to £108,000)

 

(b) That authority be given to the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, in consultation with the Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills and the Director for Corporate Services, to amend the proposed allocations and capacity, in light of ongoing discussions with Staffordshire’s Districts and Boroughs within the envelope of resources allocated in (a) above.

73.

Protecting Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation for Future Generations pdf icon PDF 282 KB

Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture

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“Not only is Cannock Chase a place of outstanding natural beauty, it is a home of national and international significance to rare plants and wildlife. Staffordshire County Council has a legal and moral duty to protect that vulnerable flora and fauna while maintaining open access for increasing numbers of visitors.

 

This investment of housebuilders’ money over 15 years will improve trails, way signs and interpretation boards, carrying out conservation education in schools and influencing where people park so that we reduce footfall where the landscape and wildlife are most vulnerable and increase capacity where it is more robust.

 

This way we can protect the very things that people come to enjoy, the very things that make Cannock Chase so special and so loved by those who know it”.

 

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture

 

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation (SAC) to mitigate impacts of recreational pressure associated with a growing resident population. The plans include a range of on-site measures across the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to reduce pressure on the most sensitive habitats, improve infrastructure and facilities in more robust locations and raise public awareness of the sensitivity of the site.

 

Decision – (a) That the proposed mitigation plans for Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation (SAC) be noted.

 

(b) That the recommended approach and proposed scheme of delegation (as follows) be agreed:

 

(i)             Operational delivery to be overseen by the Assistant Director - Culture, Rural and Safer Communities; and

(ii)            Agreement of options appraisal / feasibility study outcomes for Chase Road and Marquis Drive by delegated decision by the appropriate Cabinet Member in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities.

 

74.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 186 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 Children and Young People

In approving proposals for the usage of the COVID-19 Winter Grant Scheme

 

 

75.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 240 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 17 February to 16 June 2021, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Supportive Communities - Update and Delivery Plan 2021/22

Name: Andrew Donaldson

Tel: (01785) 278399

Staffordshire History Centre: National Lottery Heritage Fund - Round Two Submission

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

Implementation of the updated Staffordshire County Council Education Infrastructure Contributions Policy (SEICP)

Name: Tim Moss

Tel: (01785) 277963

Digital First – Update and Plan for the Digital Principle

Name: Andrew Donaldson

Tel: (01785) 278399

Climate Change Action Plan Update

Name: Tim Cooper

Tel: (01785) 276204

SEND Strategy

Name: Julie Day

Tel: (01785) 895372

Integrated Performance Report 2020-21 - Quarter 3

Name: Andrew Donaldson/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 278399/ 276354

Specialist Education Provision for Pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) Aged 11-19 Years

Name: Tim Moss

Tel: (01785) 277963

Waste Disposal Arrangements in the North of Staffordshire from 2025

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Capital Programme for Schools 2021/2022

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Highways and Transport Capital Programme 2021/22

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Re-Procurement of the Household Waste Recycling Centre Contract

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Integrated Performance Report 2020-21 - Quarter 4

Name: Andrew Donaldson/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 278399/ 276354

Recommissioning of Care Home Services

Name: Helen Trousdale

Tel: (01785) 277008

 

 

76.

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

 

 

77.

Dementia Centres of Excellence

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

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(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the arrangements for the provision of support for people with dementia throughout all stages of the progression of the condition.

 

Decision – That the recommendations contained in the report be agreed.

78.

Contract for the Supply of Gas and Associated Services

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Cabinet Member for Commercial Matters

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(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider arrangements for the procurement of the supply of Gas and Ancillary Services for the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2025.

 

Decision – That the recommendations contained in the report be agreed.