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16/09/2020 - Update from COVID-19 Member Led Local Outbreak Control Board ref: 1888    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 16/09/2020

Decision:

Reasons for the Decision – To consider an update from the COVID-19 Member Led Local Outbreak Control Board including the Council’s response to an outbreak related to the Silverdale Working Men’s Club and an ongoing elevated level of infections in parts of Burton; and issues about the completeness and timeliness of contact tracing by the NHS test and trace service.

 

Decision – That the report be received.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);


16/09/2020 - #DoingOurBit Community Grants Scheme ref: 1887    Recommendations Approved

Encouraging our communities to support each other to remain well and independent is one of the key priorities of the Council Strategy and an area that we have invested in. Throughout the pandemic we saw how people and communities came together to support each other. A key priority for recovery from the pandemic is to sustain community capacity to help manage demand. However, we know that the voluntary sector is facing challenges to recover operations and is concerned about their long-term financial stability. We are proposing a one-off injection of £200k to support a #DoingOurBit Community Grants Scheme. Applications will be encouraged from support groups and organisations that will help meet the needs of our vulnerable and older adults as well as those that will help meet the needs of our vulnerable children and families

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Decision:

“We have a thriving voluntary and community sector here in Staffordshire who play an important role in helping improve the lives of people in the county.

 

Not only do these groups provide vital services and support within their local communities but they also help to encourage people to support each other to remain safe and well.  Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic we saw how people and communities came together to help each other and it's vital that we support these organisations so they are able to continue with the valuable work they do.

 

Our #DoingOurBit Community Grants Scheme will be available to groups of all sizes who work with and support vulnerable communities and residents, particularly older people and children and families.  We’ll be trying to make the application process as quick and easy as possible, so I would encourage groups to see if they are eligible and apply.”

 

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for one-off funding for a #DoingOurBit Community Grants Scheme to support groups and organisations that will help meet the needs of Staffordshire’s vulnerable children and adults.

 

Decision (a) That the important role the voluntary and community sector plays in supporting communities to help themselves be noted.

 

(b) That the proposal for one-off funding for a #DoingOurBit Community Grants Scheme be agreed.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Andrew Donaldson, Natasha Moody


16/09/2020 - Additional Investment in Community Highways Issues ref: 1893    Recommendations Approved

One-off investment in to improve issues relating to drainage, verges (including hedges), grass cutting and weeds.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Decision:

 

“Highways are used by everyone who lives and works in Staffordshire, so it is important we continue to address the issues that matter most to our communities.

 

This extra investment will be used to maximum effect and people should notice a difference. We’ll also be working with landowners, or taking direct action where necessary, to make improvements to problem ditches and overhanging trees that they have responsibility for.

 

The investment will allow us to target some of the worst trouble spots and reduce the overall backlog.”

 

David Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the proposed approach to making a one-off £2m investment in highways and Public Rights of Way (PRoW) services.

 

Decision – (a) That a one-off targeted investment of £1.9m in current local highway priorities, as detailed in the report, be supported.

 

(b) That the provision of £0.1m investment in immediate small-scale improvements to the Public Rights of Way (PRoW) network be supported.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: James Bailey


16/09/2020 - In-House Children's Home ref: 1899    Recommendations Approved

The intention is for the Local Authority to have access to its own medium to long-term children’s home in order to provide residential care locally, help manage the market and support the placement service to manage placement demand.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Divisions affected: Stafford - Stafford Central;

Lead officer: Deborah Ramsdale


16/09/2020 - Street Lighting - LED Invest to Save Initiative ref: 1892    Recommendations Approved

Street Lighting energy reduction following a programme of LED investment.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Decision:

 

“Obtaining an interest-free loan to update 47,000 street lights and use less energy and save more money makes sense all round.

 

After the loan is repaid from the initial savings made by using the more energy-efficient street lights, taxpayers will continue to benefit by up to £1.6 million a year.

 

I’m delighted that we can upgrade services and provide good value-for-money at the same time.”

 

David Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

 

Reasons for the Decision – To seek approval to proceed to the delivery phase of the street lighting LED invest to save initiative as agreed in the 2019/20 Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS).

 

Decision – (a) That approval be given approval to proceed to the next phase of the Street Lighting – Invest to Save Initiative; the delivery phase, which will be funded by an interest free loan from Salix.

 

(b) That the Council enters into the Supplemental Agreement to the Street Lighting PFI Project Agreement with Lighting for Staffordshire Limited dated 31st March 2003, to be able to commence the delivery phase.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: James Bailey


16/09/2020 - Forward Plan of Key Decisions ref: 1896    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 16/09/2020

Decision:

The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 14 October 2020 to 17 February 2021, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Integrated Performance Report 2020-21 - Quarter 2

Name: Andrew Donaldson/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 278399/ 276354

SCC COVID-19 Planning and Recovery - Progress Update

Name: Janene Cox/ Andrew Donaldson

Tel: (01785) 278368/

278399

Children’s and Families (including SEND) System Transformation – Update

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

Staffordshire Better Care Fund 2020-21 and the Disabled Facilities Grant

Name: Dr Richard Harling

Tel: (01785) 278700

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

Name: Andrew Jepps

Tel: (01785) 278557

Mitigation Plans for Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation

Name: Janene Cox

Tel: (01785) 278368

North Staffordshire Ministerial Direction for Nitrogen Dioxide - Project Update

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Waste Disposal Arrangements in the North of Staffordshire from 2025

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Integrated Performance Report 2020-21 - Quarter 3

Name: Andrew Donaldson/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 278399/ 276354

 


16/09/2020 - Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers ref: 1895    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 16/09/2020

Decision:

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

 

Cabinet Member

Decision

Cabinet Member for Commercial

In approving an extension to the current Council Construction Projects Framework Agreement (PC573) to accommodate delays due to COVID-19.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change

In approval that the Council proceeds with the Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher “Top up” proposal and enters into the Letter of Agreement with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (“DCMS”).

 

 


16/09/2020 - Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 2 September 2020 ref: 1886    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 16/09/2020

Decision:

Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 2 September 2020 be received.


16/09/2020 - Leader's Update ref: 1885    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 16/09/2020

Decision:

Decision – That the oral report of the Leader of the Council giving an update on a range of issues including the work to ensure that children can return to school and people can return to the workplace safely; how the council is working with the NHS to put testing facilities where they are needed; Keele University and Staffordshire University being shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year; and the improving relationship between the Council and trade unions; be noted.


16/09/2020 - Midlands Engine - Accountable Body Arrangements ref: 1898    Recommendations Approved

Report setting out the details of the proposal for Staffordshire County Council to take over the responsibility of Accountable Body for the Midlands Engine.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rob Salmon


16/09/2020 - Consultation on Proposals for Changes to Marshlands School and Greenhall Nursery ref: 1894    Recommendations Approved

Proposed changes as outlined below to Marshlands School and Greenhall Nursery in order to maximise the use of the learning environments in both settings:

Marshlands Primary School – a change of age range from the current Early Years to Year 6 to focus on children in Year 1 to Year 6 by removing Early Years and Reception provision and specialising in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 provision.

and

Greenhall Nursery– a change of designation of types of special education needs and disabilities catered for – to include children with needs in the Early Years Foundation Stage prime areas of learning, physical, communication and language and personal, social and emotional development.

The proposal is supported by the governing bodies of both schools.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Decision:

 

“We have been working with the governing bodies of both Marshlands School and Greenhall Nursery on these proposals, which will see more children with SEND get access to the specialist education they need.

 

Both Marshlands and Greenhall have been offering an excellent standard of education to children. By changing the age range at Marshlands School, we can ensure that we are accommodating demand for more capacity at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. With Greenhall Nursery, a change to widen the range of disabilities the Nursery  cater for, will increase the numbers of pupils on roll, provide a focused early years curriculum, and maintain their specialism in supporting the needs of children with physical disabilities and complex medical needs.”

 

Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Education (and SEND)

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposed changes at Marshlands School and Greenhall Nursery which seek to maximise the use of the learning environments in both settings.

 

DecisionThat the proposed changes to the following schools be approved:

 

(i) Marshlands Primary School– a change of age range, from the current Early Years to Year 6 to focus on children in Year 1 to Year 6 by removing Early Years and reception provision and specialising in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 provision.

 

(ii) Greenhall Nursery– a change of designation of types of special education needs and disabilities catered for – to include children with needs in the Early Years Foundation Stage prime areas of learning, physical, communication and language and personal, social and emotional development.

 

Divisions affected: Stafford - Stafford North;

Lead officer: Tim Moss


16/09/2020 - Strategic Review of the Older People Care Home Market in Staffordshire 2020 ref: 1889    Recommendations Approved

Staffordshire County Council supports 2,300 older people to manage their assessed eligible social care needs in a care home. The Council is reviewing the care home market following the pressures and impacts presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Council will review the intentions and recommendations of future delivery previously presented to Cabinet in 2019 in light of the impacts from the pandemic to understand whether the Council needs to change the previously presented strategy to ensure the most appropriate care will be in place to support the most vulnerable older people in our communities for the future years to come.

The recommendations in this report aim to support the development and stability of the care home market to ensure Staffordshire has a marketplace that can withstand the required changes resulting from coronavirus (Covid-19) and the county has sufficient supply to meet those with the eligible care needs within the most suitable delivery model.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Decision:

 

“Offering good-quality, affordable care that meets people’s assessed care needs is very important to us. Already, more than 2,000 older people are supported to manage their needs in a care home.

 

Like everything else, Covid-19 has had a profound impact on the care home market, and we will need time to assess its impact. It’s therefore important we take a fresh look at our plans to ensure they address the ongoing challenges from the pandemic. We have to ensure the care home market remains sustainable, so people can access good quality, affordable care when they need it.”

 

Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

Reasons for the Decision To consider reviewing the Council’s plans in respect of the Care Home Market to take account of the profound impact which Covid-19 has had.

 

Decision – (a) That the extension of the duration of the current Dynamic Purchasing System and overarching agreement with providers until April 2022 be agreed and that the intention to provide a further report to Cabinet detailing the intended procurement for new contracts from April 2022 be noted.

 

(b) That it be agreed that the intended refurbishment of the Council owned site to provide 38 additional nursing beds within Staffordshire be paused to allow further evaluation of the impact from Covid-19 and associated infection control requirements.

 

(c) That the continuation of the project to explore building two Council owned care homes to provide additional nursing capacity be approved and that the intended design and delivery models be reviewed to ensure that they are consistent with enhanced infection control requirements from Covid-19;

 

(d) That it be agreed that the Council proceeds with the review and update of the long-term demand model for care homes placements, taking into account the impact of Covid-19 and the views of local communities to reflect the needs and expectations of current and future residents.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Andrew Jepps


16/09/2020 - Recommissioning of Home Care Services ref: 1890    Recommendations Approved

To seek agreement to the proposed arrangements for the recommissioning of Home Care Services and delegate approval to award contracts to Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Decision:

 

“Demand for home care services is increasing, and the marketplace has proved to be remarkably resilient during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

We want to ensure people lead live healthy and happy lives at home for as long as possible and we want to offer people both flexibility and choice in the care they receive.

 

People must be at the heart of every decision. By refocusing our approach and tailoring our procurement to get the best value for money in every part of Staffordshire, we can ensure that every person using health and social care will receive good quality, innovative services that promote their independence and lead to an improved quality of life.”

 

Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

Note by Clerk: Mr Deaville declared a personal interest and left the room during the consideration of this item.

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the procurement process for the future provision of Home Care as the current contracts are due to expire in August 2021.

 

Decision – (a) That the procurement of home care services, as outlined in the report, be approved.

 

(b) That authority be delegated to the Director of Health and Care, to award contracts and to enter into contracts, with the successful providers, as appropriate to the outcome of the procurement process.

 

(c) That authority be delegated to the Director of Health and Care in consultation with the Director of Corporate Services to authorise the Council entering into contracts with Nexxus Trading Services Limited trading as Nexxus Cares (“Nexxus”) for home care services as detailed in the report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Helen Trousdale


16/09/2020 - Nexxus Trading Services Limited - Annual Report 2019/2020 ref: 1891    Recommendations Approved

A) Giving details of the Company’s (i) performance against annual objectives and; (ii) key achievements for the year:
B) Communicating their vision and values going forward and;
C) Setting out a proposed business case for the use of profits to the County Council as sole share-owner.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 16/09/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 17/09/2020

Effective from: 23/09/2020

Decision:

 

“Our care providers offer good quality services to Staffordshire people who need them. However, independent providers nationally are facing ongoing challenges, such as rising demand, increased costs, and the recruitment and retention of staff. The county council has struggled in some areas of the county to find care providers who offer good quality at an affordable price. Nexxus Care has been established to provide care for people when no other care is available in the market, to ensure people can still receive the care they are entitled to.”

 

Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial Matters

 

Note by Clerk: Mr Deaville declared a personal interest and, after introducing the report, left the room during its consideration and the decision thereon.

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider Nexxus Trading Services Limited’s annual report which provides an update on the activities and performance of the company.

 

Decision – (a) That the Nexxus Care Annual Report be noted.

 

(b) That the retention of a small surplus of £46k for reinvestment in the business be approved.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dr Richard Harling, Helen Riley


10/09/2020 - Findings of the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman ref: 1882    Recommendations Approved

In approving the payment of compensation to a family where, following an investigation by the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman, the Council have been advised that fault was found, leading to injustice to family.



Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Decision published: 10/09/2020

Effective from: 16/09/2020

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);


20/07/2020 - Covid-19 Contingency Provision - Laches Wood (Wolverhampton) ref: 1881    Recommendations Approved

The children care sector is currently managing the current effects of COVID-19, however, it is unknown what the impact of this will be in the near future. Laches Wood has been identified as a facility that could provide the capacity to allow children and young people to reside if there becomes an issue in current placements such as residential placements, foster placements and supported accommodation just to name a few. To ensure that Staffordshire County Council continues to have a contingency this resource provides the Council with access to a facility that can meet ongoing need. The period of the 20th April 2020 to 28th June 2020 has previously been agreed. This is a request for a further 7 weeks and 1 day to the 17th August 20.

Decision Maker: Director for Families and Communities

Decision published: 04/09/2020

Effective from: 20/07/2020

Decision:

Approval for use of Laches Wood for children and young people where the needs arises. Cost is £2,000 per week.

Lead officer: Helen Riley