Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 16th November 2022 10:00am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

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

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63.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 19 October 2022 pdf icon PDF 406 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 19 October 2022 be approved.

64.

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 COP 27 summit in Egypt this week; the significant strides the Council was making towards its net zero target; the Remembrance Day events which had taken place across the County including at the National Memorial Arboretum; the Council’s “Here to Help” campaign which was connecting people, including those who had or were serving in the armed forces, with the huge range of support available in Staffordshire from charities including the Royal British Legion and SSAFA; the launch of the Council’s new Community Recovery fund, inviting bids for grants of up to £5,000 from voluntary and community groups working with those affected by the cost of living; promotion of the free Holiday Activities and Food programme under which over the Christmas period, eligible schoolchildren would be able to attend free holiday clubs and enjoy a healthy meal; the trialling a new thermal road repair machine that heats the road and reuses existing tarmac; and the increase in cases of Avian Flu in our bird population; be noted.

65.

Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 2 November 2022 pdf icon PDF 305 KB

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Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 2 November 2022 be received.

66.

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:

 

·       The showcase of the West Midlands Interchange (WMI) project in South Staffordshire, by our investment body Make It Stoke and Staffordshire. The WMI has been approved through the national planning Development Consent Order (DCO) process, being considered as a nationally significant infrastructure project.  The scheme is expected to generate over 8,000 direct jobs, and the developer states spending will support a further 8,100 indirect and induced jobs in the economy through the distribution chain.  Following planning approval at a national level, our approach has been very much about working with the scheme developers to secure the best opportunities possible for our local residents and the wider community.  As part of this approach, we were successful in securing up to £4.55m for recruitment and skills development activity over the life of the project.

 

·       The inaugural WMI Employment Funding Steering Group held on the 10 November. This steering group is a decision-making body who are responsible for directing the spending of the employment fund. A WMI Employment Partnershipwill also be established early in the new year, which will include local public, private and education sector representatives.  This partnership will help shape delivery and it will report into the Employment Fund Steering Group. 

 

·       The claimant count in Staffordshire has remained virtually unchanged over the last month, with only a very small increase of 40 claimants between September and October 2022, with the total number of claimants in the county now standing at 14,365.  This is similar to the national picture, with the claimant rates for Staffordshire and England remaining unchanged at 2.7% and 3.7% of the working age population, respectively.

 

The youth claimant count in Staffordshire has seen an increase of 80 to a total of 2,635 young people.  The number of claimants aged 18-24 has therefore increased but been partly offset by a fall in the number of claimants from other age groups.  This is the same as what has happened across England as a whole.  At the moment it is not entirely clear as to why this is the case, and we will be closely monitoring the situation, but it may be due to young people leaving formal education.  The proportion of young people in Staffordshire aged 18-24 that are claiming work-related Universal Credit has increased this month from 3.9% to 4.1% compared to 2.7% for the working age population and 4.7% nationally.

67.

Climate Change Action Plan and Climate Change Annual Report pdf icon PDF 227 KB

Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change

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“Staffordshire County Council has built on its successes and continued to make significant progress with climate change action, which is highlighted in the annual report.

 

The Council has continued in the right direction to achieve our net zero target by 2050. We are on a mission to make Staffordshire Sustainable, and this is our second report since declaring the climate change emergency allowing us to celebrate our achievements and highlight our plans for the coming years.

 

We still have much to do and with the current energy and economic challenges, the road ahead will be tough. We are determined to build on our solid foundations built over the past few years to realise future success to mitigate and adapt to climate change.”

 

Simon Tagg, Cabinet Member Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the Council’s Climate Change 2022 Annual Report, which records the positive progress that has been made on the Council’s target to become net carbon zero by 2050, together with Climate Change Action Plan revision 2, November 2022, which lists the Authority’s key climate change mitigating actions over the next 3 years.

 

Decision – (a) That the Council’s Climate Change 2022 Annual Report, which records the positive progress that has been made on the Council’s target to become net carbon zero by 2050, be noted. 

 

(b) That the Climate Change Action Plan revision 2, November 2022, which lists the Council’s key climate change mitigating actions over the next three years, be approved.

 

(c) That the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Members’ view that the reports should be circulated to key Staffordshire stakeholders including, MPs, District and Borough Councils and Parish Councils, be agreed.

68.

Half Yearly Treasury Management Report for the Period Ended 30 September 2022 pdf icon PDF 652 KB

Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

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“Staffordshire County Council is a well-run council, and 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 remain challenging times. As well as being prudent, our low-risk investment approach, which focuses on lending to low-risk institutions, means we have been well placed to deal with challenges arising from difficulties the current global economy presents.

 

We remain committed to supporting local businesses along with providing access to funding, as we work to grow our economy. Like most Councils we face financial pressures, rising costs and uncertainty over the 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 while providing best value for money for local taxpayers.”

 

Ian Parry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider a summary of the County Council’s borrowing and investment activities during the first six months of the year.

 

Decision – (a) That the treasury management activities for the half-year ended 30 September 2022 be noted.

 

(b) That the Prudential Indicators (shown in Appendix 2 to the report be noted and the increase to the Upper Limit of variable rate interest exposure from £316 million to £420 million (as detailed in the report) be approved.

 

(c) That the proposed revision to the Non-Standard Investment limits to £100 million per asset class and £200 million in total (as laid out in the report and detailed in Appendix 5) be noted and approved.

69.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 116 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 the proposed expenditure, volumes and delivery arrangements for the Household Support Fund, Education Support Fund in Staffordshire which is required to be fully spent by 31st March 2023

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

In approving the proposed expenditure, volumes and delivery arrangements for the Household Support Fund in Staffordshire, along with approving the contract extensions with Beat the Cold and Community Foundation of Staffordshire on existing terms.

 

 

70.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 209 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 14 December 2022 to 19 April 2023, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2023 - 2028

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Delivering a Future Vision for the Countryside Estate

Name: Catherine Mann

Tel: (01785) 278320

Homes for Ukraine

Name: Natasha Moody

Tel: 07976 191079

Adult Learning Disability Provider Services

Name: Kelly Gray

Tel: 07815 999002

Review of Older People’s Nursing Home Capacity and Demand

Name: Helen Trousdale

Tel: (01785) 277008

Framework Agreement - Tarmac

Name: Ian Tuner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Framework Agreement - Furniture

Name: Ian Tuner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Staffordshire County Council Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Strategy for the Future Commissioning and Contracting for Extra Care Housing within Staffordshire

Name: Andrew Jepps Tel: (01785) 278557

Staffordshire Sustainability Board Communications Plan 2023

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Future Highways Delivery Model

Name: James Bailey

Tel: (01785) 276591

Staffordshire County Council's Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy

Name: Clive Thomson

Tel: (01785) 276522

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 3, 2022/23

Name: Kerry Dove

Tel: 07855 679112

Our People Strategy 2023 and Beyond

Name: Sarah Getley

Tel: (01785) 854265

Capital Programme for Schools 2023/ 2024

Name: Ian Tuner

Tel: (01785) 277228