Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 15th September 2021 10:00am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

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

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30.

Declarations of Interest in accordance with Standing Order 16

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

 

Member

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Interest

Reason

Mark Deaville

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Personal

Director of Nexxus

 

 

 

 

 

31.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 21 July 2021 pdf icon PDF 342 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 21July 2021 be approved.

32.

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 incredible achievement by Cheddleton’s Lee Pearson in winning three more gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics last month who, alongside Olympians Adam Peaty and Frazier Clarke, help to inspire the next generation of Staffordshire athletes; the Prime Minister’s ambitious plans to reform and fund health and social care through the health care levy which will provide additional funding for the NHS, but increase costs for councils, as well as residents, as national insurance contributions rise; the Council’s  campaign to encourage more people to apply for care sector jobs;  covid rates remaining high across the county; and the launch of the next phase of the Council’s #TalkSuicide campaign, to tie in with World Suicide Prevention Day, be noted.

33.

Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 1 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 193 KB

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Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 1 September 2021 be received.</AI3>

34.

Update from Covid Member Led Local Outbreak Control Board pdf icon PDF 10 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 number of new cases of Covid nationally and in Staffordshire rose during August 2021 and was continuing at high levels; vaccination was limiting the number of hospitalisations and deaths from Covid, however, the NHS and social care were experiencing considerable pressure from Covid and other conditions;  people should exercise personal responsibility and continue to take sensible precautions to prevent the spread of infection (maintaining good hygiene, keeping a respectful  distance, and wearing face coverings in crowded indoor places, as well as testing twice weekly); the Covid vaccination programme continued to make progress with more than 1.3  million doses having been administered, and more than 80% of adults in Staffordshire having now received two doses; the current focus was on vaccinating younger adults and 12-17 year olds; and the Government was expected to announce a booster campaign for older adults as well as vaccination of 12-15 year olds.

 

Decision – That the report be received.

35.

Staffordshire Means Back to Business - Oral Update

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills

 

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Decision – That the oral report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills giving an update on “Staffordshire Means Back to Business” activity including the following matters be noted:

 

  • Staffordshire’s recovery continues apace.  Staffordshire saw a significant increase in Universal Credit Claimants early in the Covid crisis but recent signs of recovery with claimants reducing by nearly a fifth (17%) or 4,350 claimants between February and July and our rate of 3.9% is lower than the 6.5% regionally and 5.5% nationally.

 

  • Although job vacancies in Staffordshire were heavily hit early in the crisis, overall levels have recovered and are now above pre-COVID levels.

 

  • Our Ignite Programme, designed to support young people looking to start their own businesses, has enabled us to reach a significant number of students and raise awareness of both entrepreneurship and the Ignite programme through the delivery of the “Encouraging Enterprise” lesson plan. This would not have been possible without the support of the colleges who rolled it out effectively through their staff.  As reported previously 7,000 students have received an Ignite lesson which must be unprecedented.  We have now approved grants to support 171 companies with free training enabling them to work in a post Covid competitive environment.  We are supporting 147 new apprentices which would not have been available without this initiative.

 

  • We are seeing unprecedented levels of activity to revitalise our town centres following successful government awards through Town Deals and Future High Streets funds including proposals for the regeneration of Stafford Town Centre.

 

36.

Call-Off Contract for the Supply of ICT Equipment and Services pdf icon PDF 235 KB

Cabinet Member for Commercial Matters

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“As a county council we are committed to getting the best services delivered at the best value for Staffordshire taxpayers.

 

The procurement of a contract will give us both flexibility and rigour for the ICT Hardware and Software when needed.”

 

Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial Matters

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider granting approval to proceed with the award of a Call-Off Contract for the Supply of ICT Hardware and Software Services from the ICT VAR Framework Agreement and to secure approval for the Director of Corporate Services to be given delegated authority to approve the award of the Contract for a period of 3 years starting 20 September 2021 to 19 September 2024 with the option to extend by 2 x 12- month periods.

 

Decision (a) That Staffordshire County Council (the “Council”) concludes its regulated procurement in line with the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) for the Contract.

 

(b) That, following the procurement process, the successful supplier be awarded the Contract for the period 20 September 2021 to 19 September 2024 and that, dependent on the quality of their delivery, the 12-month service extensions be implemented to a final contract end date of 19 September 2026.

 

(c) That the Director of Corporate Services be given delegated authority to:

 

        i.    Approve the initial award of the successful supplier to The Contract and authorise the Council entering into the Contract with the successful supplier;

       ii.    Approve all subsequent purchases under The Contract and authorise the Council to make further purchases under The Contract; and (if applicable) approve the 2-year extension to The Contract in its 3rd year.

     iii.    (If applicable) approve the 2-year extension to The Contract in its 3rd year.

 

37.

Developing Family Hubs in Staffordshire pdf icon PDF 366 KB

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

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“In recent years this County Council has devoted a great deal of effort to providing help and support for families how and where they wanted it, rather than imposing a universal approach.

 

Now, working together with other organisations, this next development will offer a more streamlined approach for families seeking a little help and advice.

 

It will provide them with the support they need for children to have more opportunity in life, helped by their friends, families and communities”.

 

Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the Council’s vision for the development of Family Hubs in Staffordshire.

 

Decision (a) That the strategic vision for the development of Family Hubs across Staffordshire be endorsed and that a period of public consultation and engagement in respect of the redesignation of Children’s Centres as Family Hubs, be approved.

 

(b) That, subject to public consultation, the design and subsequent phased implementation of Family Hubs across Staffordshire as an integrated model of working, whilst acknowledging the future commissioning intentions in relation to the Family Support and Outreach Service and the Early Years Coordination Service (Children’s Centres), be endorsed.

 

(c) That the procurement of a Family Support and Outreach Service be approved and that authority for decisions, including acting on behalf of Staffordshire County Council (the County Council) to enter into the required contractual arrangements, be delegated to the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.

 

(d) That authority to make decisions in relation to the development of Family Hubs in Staffordshire, including future decisions in relation to the Early Years Coordination Service, be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities.

38.

High Needs Provision Capital Allocation Funding pdf icon PDF 427 KB

Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND)

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“We want all children with special educational needs and disabilities to be able to reach their potential by receiving the right support at the right time in their own communities, at their local school or place of education. This funding allows us to support bids which will enable pupils to be integrated and educated more inclusively closer to home”.

 

Jonatan Price, Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND)

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for the use of the High Needs Provision Capital Allocations (HNPCA) funding.

 

Decision That the proposals to use the High Needs Provision Capital Allocations (HNPCA) funding, as outlined below, be supported:

 

(i) To develop Resource Bases at Mainstream Schools for children with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) or SEN Support with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition.

 

(ii) A partnership approach with co-location of specialist provision on mainstream sites.

 

(iii) Increasing capacity in specialist provision to reduce the need to access placements at independent schools/out of county provision.

 

39.

Strategic Review of the Care Home Market in Staffordshire 2021 pdf icon PDF 462 KB

Cabinet Member for Health and Care

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“Offering good-quality, affordable care that meets people’s assessed needs is very important to us. We need the care home sector to be sustainable so that people can access good quality affordable care when they need it.

 

The past 18 months have been a very challenging time for care homes, who have played a crucial role in keeping people safe throughout the pandemic. It is now important that we look ahead and plan for services that are fit for the future.”

 

Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Health and Care.

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposed revised commissioning and contracting arrangements to ensure access to good quality and affordable care home placements when they are needed.

 

Decision (a) That the role that care homes have played during Covid-19, and the impact of the pandemic on the sector, be recognised.

 

(b) That the Council’s overall strategic objectives and approach to commissioning care homes be noted and endorsed.

 

(c) That, owning to the results of the structural and feasibility studies, it be agreed to not progress refurbishment of the Hillfield site, Burton-on-Trent to provide additional nursing home capacity.

 

(d) That the implementation of guide prices for care home placements be approved.

 

(e) That the extension and variation of the current dynamic purchasing system contract for care homes for a further period from 1 April 2022 until no later than 31 March 2023, be approved.

 

(f) That the re-procurement of a new dynamic purchasing system for care homes with a revised service specification, be approved and that authority be delegated to the Director of Health and Care to award new contracts through the new dynamic purchasing system, effective from April 2023.

 

(g) That a phased increase in the number of block booked care home beds in accordance with demand, be approved and that authority be delegated to the Director of Health and Care to award block booked bed contracts.

 

(h) That a review of the approach to contracting for complex residential and nursing home placements be completed and that authority be delegated to the Director of Health and Care to consider the options and implement a preferred option in consultation with the corporate Senior Leadership Team and the Cabinet Member for Health and Care.

 

(i) That the opportunities to use technology and innovation to support care homes to meet the challenges identified in the report be noted.

40.

Treasury Management Report for the Year Ended 31 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 708 KB

Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

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“We always look to achieve the best value for money for our tax payers and we do this by running an efficient county council.

 

Coping with the Covid-19 pandemic continues to put additional pressures on resources, but we continue to manage our finances prudently while doing and spending what is required. By using cash reserves rather than borrowing more, we have been able to achieve substantial savings in what still remain challenging times.

 

As well as being prudent, our low risk investment strategy which focuses on lending to low risk institutions, means we have been well placed to deal with challenges arising from the UK leaving the European Union and the ongoing pandemic.

 

We continue to provide advice and support along with access to funding for local businesses, as we work to get our economy back on track. 

 

Like many other councils we continue to face financial pressures and uncertainty over long term funding of some services. We will continue to spend and invest where necessary, focusing our efforts and resources on where they are most needed.”

 

Ian Parry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

 

Reasons for the Decision – To inform the Cabinet of the Council’s investment and borrowing activity during 2020/21 including both borrowing and investment decisions taken throughout the year in the light of the interest rates and economic conditions prevailing at the time.

 

Decision – (a) That the treasury management activities for the year ended 31 March 2021, including the Prudential Indicators outturn detailed in Appendix 4 to the report, be noted.

 

(b) That the use of the Minimum Revenue Provision at 31 March 2021, as set out in paragraphs 31 and 32 of the report, be approved.

 

(c) That it be noted that the current Annual Investment Strategy is considered prudent and sufficiently robust to meet any market challenges created by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and that Officers will continue to monitor the position.

41.

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 Education (and SEND)

In approving, in accordance with Government requirements, a variation to the admission arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools for 2021/2022 and 2022/23 to ensure that children previously in state care and adopted from outside England and Wales are given equal top priority in oversubscription criteria alongside children currently in care and previously in care from within England and Wales.

Cabinet Member for Health and Care

In approving proposals to relocate and merge Boney Hay and Tamworth Specialist Day Opportunities to Lichfield.

 

 

42.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 154 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 20 October 2021 to 16 February 2022, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Impact of COVID-19 on SCC Communities, Economy and Organisation and Recovery Progress - Update October 2021 and Way Forward

Name: Janene Cox OBE

Tel: (01785 278368

Staffordshire Bus Strategy - Bus Service Improvement Plan

Name: Clive Tompson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 2 2021/22

Name: Kerry Dove/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 276354

Supplementary Capital Programme for Schools 2021/2022

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Climate Change Annual Report and Climate Change Action Plan 2

Name: Clive Tompson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Adult Learning Disability 2022 Community Offer: Update on Learning Disability Residential Services Directly Provided by Staffordshire County Council

Name: Kelly Gray

Tel: 07815 999002

Nexxus Trading Services Limited - Annual Report 2020/2021

Name: Dr Richard Harling MBE

Tel: (01785) 278700

Formal Report of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (Cabinet Member for Education

Name: Tim Moss

Tel: (01785) 277963

Branston Locks Primary - Proposed 2FE and Associated S106 Contributions (Wave School)

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Dry Mixed Recycling Treatment - April 2022

Name: Clive Tompson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Treasury Management Half Yearly Report 2021/22

Name: Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 276354

Integrated Service Model for In-House Day Opportunities and Respite

Name: Kelly Gray

Tel: 07815 999002

The Future of Replacement Care Services (Learning Disabilities)

Name: Andrew Jepps

Tel: (01785) 278557

IA2609 Framework for Responsive Property Maintenance and Day Works

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 3 2021/22

Name: Kerry Dove/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 276354

 

 

43.

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

 

44.

Proposed 1FE Expansion at Oldfields Hall Middle School, Uttoxeter

(Exclusion paragraph 3)

 

Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND)

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(Exclusion paragraph 3)

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for the expansion of capacity at Oldfields Hall Middle School to provide additional middle school places to mitigate the impact on education of new residential developments in Uttoxeter Town.

 

Decision That the recommendations contained in the report be agreed.

45.

Transforming Stafford Town Centre - A Programme of Key Developments

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills

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(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Reasons for the Decision – To update the Cabinet on key town centre regeneration projects in Stafford Town Centre.

 

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