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15/05/2019 - Lichfield Southern Bypass Construction Contract Awards ref: 1569    Recommendations Approved

Approval to award the construction contracts for completion of the Lichfield Southern Bypass to Amey LG in accordance with the Infrastructure+ Partnership.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Divisions affected: Lichfield Constituency;

Lead officer: James Bailey


15/05/2019 - Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers ref: 1565    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 15/05/2019

Decision:

Decision – That the following decisions taken by Cabinet Members under delegated powers be noted:

 

Cabinet Member

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Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

In approving that the Council administers the Warm Homes Fund internally and puts in place contracts with E.ON as required to provide the service.

 


15/05/2019 - Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 1 May 2019 ref: 1559    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 15/05/2019

Decision:

Decision –That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 1 May 2019 be received.


15/05/2019 - Leader's Update ref: 1558    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 15/05/2019

Decision:

Decision – That the oral report of the Leader of the Council giving an update on a range of issues including the Staffordshire Day celebrations on 1 May; changes to local councils following the recent local elections; and the Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 event which is to take place on 9 June 2019; be noted.


15/05/2019 - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards - Amendments to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 ref: 1561    Recommendations Approved

Consideration of recommendations made by the LGSCO.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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“Following changes brought about by a legal test case Staffordshire County Council has experienced a rise of more than 1,000 per cent in DoLS applications.

 

Nationally the system has been identified as not fit for purpose, but while it is being revised Staffordshire has introduced a prioritisation system to ensure each case is assessed by a specialist and that those most at risk are properly assisted. 

 

Looking after those who need our help most is a key concern for this authority and we will continue to focus upon it, including investing additional one-off funding, while implementing new legislation once it has passed through the Houses of Parliament.”

 

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

 

Reasons for the Decision – In May 2019 the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) found fault in relation to the Council’s approach to triage DoLS applications in order to ensure that the highest priority people could be given a full assessment. In view of the LGSCO’s findings, the Council has reviewed its approach to DoLS applications.

 

Decision – (a) That, when finalised, the Cabinet reviews the legislation amending the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the associated codes of practice in relation to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

 

(b) That an action plan to implement this legislation be produced in compliance with the recommendations of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (as set out in paragraph 18 and on page 3 of their final report dated 8 March 2019).

 

(c) That, in the interim, the approach to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards be amended to complete full assessments on medium and low priority cases if resources allow, and to use additional one-off funding to support new full assessments and reduce the back-log of full assessments.

 

(d) That the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards triaging process be extended to community deprivation of liberty and that priority be given to assessments that are high priority individuals.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dr Richard Harling


15/05/2019 - The Staffordshire County Council Apprenticeship Strategy ref: 1562    Recommendations Approved

An Apprenticeship Strategy for Staffordshire County Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

 

“As one of the largest employers in the county, helping to grow apprenticeships is an important part of our business.  We want to raise the skill levels and aspirations of our workforce, and our Apprenticeship Strategy will play a key part in this.

 

An apprentice learns so much more than just how to do a job or achieve a qualification, and we want to use apprenticeships to explore new ways of working, improve the organisation and help employees to progress through their career.

 

As a county council we aspire to be an employer of choice, that attracts, develops and retains the most diverse, creative and innovative individuals with the required skills and abilities.  This strategy will ensure we can fully maximise the opportunities contained within the new Apprenticeship Levy, by investing in our greatest asset: our employees.”

 

Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the Apprenticeship Strategy for Staffordshire County Council which sets out its approach to delivering Apprenticeships as an employer.

 

Decision – (a) That the Apprenticeship Strategy 2019 – 2022 for Staffordshire County Council (Appendix A to the report) be approved.

 

(b) That the Aims of the Apprenticeship Programme (section 5 of the Strategy) be noted and supported as the way forward to embed Apprenticeships within the county council’s workforce, achieve maximum levy spend and work towards meeting the public sector target.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Anthony Baines


15/05/2019 - Residential Children's Homes Block Contract ref: 1568    Recommendations Approved

SCC are seeking a block contract of 11 beds, with an option if required to double the capacity to 22. The project will be led by SCC in partnership with the other West Midlands Local Authorities to increase wider interest in the contract. At present interested local authorities are Stoke and Dudley.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Shahid Munir


15/05/2019 - Determination of Statutory Proposal to close The Henry Prince CE (C) First School, Mayfield ref: 1563    Recommendations Approved

With regret, following a period of public consultation, the governing body published a statutory notice on 20 March proposing that The Henry Prince CE (C) First School closes on 31 August 2019. There now follows a 4-week period for the receipt of comments and objections before Cabinet, as the statutory decision maker, must determine the closure proposal.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

 

“It is with great sadness that cabinet has approved the closure of The Henry Prince First School. However, we have to act in the children’s best interests, ensure they have access to a high-quality education and that they are given every opportunity to succeed in their studies.

 

We have worked with the school and know that the headteacher and governors have done all they can to try and attract enough pupils to ensure the school is viable. Having so few pupils means the school is unable to pay for the staff and resources required to deliver a high-quality education.

 

This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, but we have to put the welfare and education of pupils first.”

 

Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability

 

Reasons for the Decision – To determine the proposal to close The Henry Prince School which is facing two critical issues: low pupil numbers and a large budget deficit.

 

Decision – (a) That the statutory proposal to close The Henry Prince CE (C) First School, Mayfield on 31 August 2019 be approved.

 

(b) That expenditure of up to £750 be approved to provide parents with a contribution towards the cost of new school uniform for their children.

Divisions affected: Staffordshire;

Lead officer: Andrew Marsden


15/05/2019 - Families Health and Wellbeing Service (0-19) Variation to Contract ref: 1567    Recommendations Approved

MPFT have requested that the Children's Centre element of the contract is removed from their contract from 2020 onwards.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

Reasons for the Decision – To consider a request for a variation to the contract for the Families Health and Wellbeing Service.

 

Decision – (a) That a variation to the existing Families Health and Wellbeing Service to remove the requirement to deliver the Children’s Centre Offer from 2020 be agreed.

 

(b) That the Children’s Centre contracts be retendered.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Tilly Flanagan


15/05/2019 - Staffordshire History Centre Stage 1 NLHF Application ref: 1564    Recommendations Approved

This paper outlines the Staffordshire History Centre Stage 1 application to be submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It seeks approval for the matched funding for the Stage 1 application.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

 

“Staffordshire’s archive and heritage collections are of outstanding quality and importance and we are extremely proud to be custodians of these invaluable items. They enable individuals and communities to reflect on their past and inform their future.

 

If our new bid for Heritage Lottery Funding for the Staffordshire History Centre project is successful, it will provide new ways in which collections can be used by individuals, historians and communities. It will secure access to historic collections for the next twenty years.”

 

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the resubmission of a revised application for funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the creation of the Staffordshire History Centre.

 

Decision – (a) That the stage 1 application be submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

 

(b) That matched funding be earmarked for the stage 2 application for the Staffordshire History Centre.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Janene Cox


15/05/2019 - New Supported Living Dynamic Purchasing System ref: 1560    Recommendations Approved

Commissioning of a DPS to enable the Call Off of Adult Learning Disability, Autism, Mental Health and Physical Disability Supported Living placements.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 15/05/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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“We are committed to supporting adults with disabilities to live full, independent lives in Staffordshire and will continue to put as much control as possible in people’s hands.

 

This change will introduce greater flexibility in matching the provision of support to the needs of the individual and will continue to provide the highest standards of care.”

 

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

 

Reasons for the Decision – The current Learning Disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition Community Support Framework is due to cease on 30 September 2019 and consideration needs to be given to the procurement of Supported Living placements from 1 October 2019.

 

Decision – (a) That the use of a dynamic purchasing system to procure and contract for Supported Living placements for adults be approved.

 

(b) That the award of ongoing Call Off contracts via the dynamic purchasing system be delegated to the Director of Health and Care.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Andrew Jepps


15/05/2019 - Leek County Services Building, Fountain Street, Leek, ST13 6JR. ref: 1556    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Corporate Services

Decision published: 13/05/2019

Effective from: 15/05/2019

Decision:

To seek approval to alter the name of the purchaser of Leek County Services Building.

Lead officer: Kathy Maitland


13/05/2019 - Learning Disability Residential Accommodation Re-Provision in the Lichfield Area – Final Settlement of reasonable costs to Progress housing (and associated partners) ref: 1555    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Health and Care

Decision published: 10/05/2019

Effective from: 13/05/2019

Decision:

Approval be given to the final settlement amounts agreed with partners and to terms associated with the withdrawal from the proposal to reprovide learning disabilty residential accommodation in the Lichfield area.

Lead officer: Kathy Maitland