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29/11/2021 - Contract extension for the provision of CareDirector Software and Services ref: 2189    Recommendations Approved

Agreement of a 5-year extension to the current contract for the provision of Software and Services between Staffordshire County Council and CareWorks Limited

Decision Maker: Director for Health and Care

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 29/11/2021

Decision:

1. On 16th February 2011 Cabinet approved to delegate the decision regarding the award of a contract for the supply and maintenance of a Social Care and Health System to the then Director of People and Deputy Chief Executive in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adults’ Wellbeing.

2. The OJEU process concluded in 2011, with the four main market suppliers considered through the tender process with CareDirector scoring highest on all four areas of the tender.

3. Staffordshire County Council and Careworks Limited agreed contract terms for the provision of CareDirector software and services on 29th November 2011 for Adult Social Care and Health (the “Contract”).

4. Staffordshire County Council and Careworks Limited agreed a contract change to include the provision of CareDirector software and services for Children’s Social Care on 28th August 2012.

5. There have been a number of other contract changes throughout the term of the Contract, including changes required due to various upgrades, and Careworks Limited was purchased by One Advanced Software Limited in November 2019, who have continued operating the Contract under Careworks Limited.

6. The terms and conditions of the Contract were for an Initial Term of 10 years with provision for an automatic extension of 5 years ("Extended Term") at the end of the Initial Term and at the end of each Extended Term, unless terminated with 6 months written notice before the end of the Initial Term or Extended Term.

7. If the contract is continued with the 5-year extension, the charges for the next five-year period can be increased or decreased in accordance with the percentage change in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and remain fixed for the five-year period.

8. The total cost to the Council for the 5 years extended term, including 2.5% CPI increas.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Vicki Sandells


17/11/2021 - Winter Funding for Home Care ref: 2188    Recommendations Approved

Since July 2021 there has been a growing deficit between demand and supply of home care as demand has risen and the market has faced increasing difficulty recruiting and retaining staff. This is contributing to delayed discharges from hospital. The NHS has funding available to address winter pressures and intends to fund a range of services. The NHS wishes to make a contribution of £2.5m to support home care by funding staff retention schemes. The Council will pass this on to contracted providers.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 24/11/2021

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Andrew Jepps


17/11/2021 - Forward Plan of Key Decisions ref: 2184    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 15 December 2021 to 20 April 2022, which detailed the following issues, was approved:

 

Subject Matter

Contact

Burton Town Deal - River Trent Cycle / Footbridge Update

Name: Wayne Mortiboys

Tel: (01785) 276578

VCSE Capacity Building Recommission

Name: Kerry Dove

Tel: 07855 679112

IA2609 Framework for Responsive Property Maintenance and Day Works

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Burton Town Deal - Proposed Library Move

Name: Wayne Mortiboys

Tel: (01785) 276578

Diversity and Inclusion - Principles, Objectives and Action Plan

Name: Kerry Dove

Tel: 07855 679112

Proposed Relocation and Expansion of St Leonard's Primary School, Stafford

Name: Tim Moss

Tel: (01785) 277963

Families Health & Wellbeing (0-19) Service: Contract Extension

Name: Natasha Moody Tel: 07976 191079

Home to School Transport - Review of Temporary Vacant Seat Scheme

Name: Clive Thomson Tel: (01785) 276522

Chatterley Valley West - Project Update

Name: Anthony Hodge

Tel: (01785) 277204

Formal Report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman regarding SEND

Name: Tim Moss

Tel: (01785) 277963

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2022 - 2027

Name: Rachel Spain

Tel: (01785) 854455

Potential Joint Coroners Service, Business Case

Name: Janene Cox MBE

Tel: (01785) 278368

Options Appraisal for the Future Commissioning Model for Supported Living Services in Staffordshire

Name: Andrew Jepps Tel: (01785) 278557

Future Contracting Options for Supported Living from 1st October 2022 Onwards

Name: Andy Marriott Tel: (01785) 277754

Business Case for Care Home Developments

Name: Helen Trousdale

Tel: (01785) 277008

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 3 2021/22

Name: Kerry Dove/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 276354

Entrust Service Delivery Agreement

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Staffordshire Rural Economic Strategy

Name: Anthony Hodge

Tel: (01785) 277204

2022/23 Schools Capital Programme

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 4 2021/22

Name: Kerry Dove/ Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 276354

 

 

 


17/11/2021 - Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers ref: 2183    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

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 additional income from the COVID-19 Local Support Grant

Cabinet Member for Health and Care

In approving the decision to award a contract for drug and alcohol services for inpatient detoxification following a competitive procurement process and to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the 14 Local Authorities of the West Midlands Consortium.

Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture

Approval to the decision to cease trading and decommission Staffordshire’s Schools’ Library Service (SLS) on 31 December 2021 and to provide a new offer from Staffordshire’s Libraries and Arts Service from 1 January 2022:

 

 


17/11/2021 - Staffordshire Means Back to Business - Oral Update ref: 2181    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

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 County Council was successful in its bid for Community Renewal Funding, £751,000, to support the Staffordshire Means Back to Business Programme. Working with our Districts and Boroughs, this takes the total amount available to the business community in Staffordshire to in excess of £6M to support apprenticeships, training and business start up activity.

 

·       Our Business and Enterprise Team, as part of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Directorate have been able to secure £581,800 of One Public Estates Brownfield Land Release Fund to support the demolition of the former Magistrates Court in Stafford. This site forms part of our own efforts to drive forward town centre regeneration through the Eastgate Programme.

 

·       Cannock Chase District Council have also been successful in their Levelling Up Fund bid and have been awarded £20M to support key regeneration schemes in their town centre. 

 

·       We continue to see job vacancies increase in Staffordshire, which grew by 18% between September and October equivalent to over 5,400 more job vacancies.  Through our own Staffordshire Means Back to Business we are making good progress not least now supporting nearly 240 apprenticeships.

 

·       The co -ordinated and quick response Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service continues to offer free bespoke plans to any Staffordshire and Stoke business who need to restructure but also want to help their staff get into other work in growth sectors as quickly as possible.  Following the conclusion of the Governments Job Retention Scheme on the 30th September, we have seen very few redundancy notification forms for the Staffordshire area.  The few we have received mainly relate to changes in T&C’s and not potential risk of redundancy.  This is most welcome.

 

·       Responding to the increased job vacancies and limited redundancies, with partners, we have tweaked the name of the service from ‘Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service’ to the ‘Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Triage Service’.  This is in recognition that people don’t have to have been made redundant to contact the service which is very much about ensuring people and jobs have access to each other.

 


17/11/2021 - Update from COVID-19 Member Led Local Outbreak Control Board ref: 2180    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

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 in Staffordshire remaining high, and above the England average. Cases rates were highest in school age children, although these were falling due to schools adopting proportionate measures to limit transmission of infection, the 12-15 vaccination programme, and rising natural immunity in this age group.

 

·       The NHS plans to accelerate booster vaccinations for over 50s and first doses for 12-15 year olds. The NHS and social care were coping at the moment but continued to experience considerable pressure from Covid and other conditions.

 

·       The need for residents to continue to take sensible precautions to limit the spread of infection such as good hygiene, keeping a respectful distance, and wearing face coverings in crowded indoor places; and also continuing to get a Covid test twice weekly.

 

·       The Council was continuing to maintain Covid defences for the remainder of 2021/22. This included testing and contact tracing, as well as managing outbreaks and supporting the most vulnerable. These would be reviewed in line with emerging Government policy

 

Decision – That the report be received.


17/11/2021 - Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 3 November 2021 ref: 2179    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 3 November 2021 be received.</AI3>


17/11/2021 - Leader's Update ref: 2178    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

Decision – That the oral report of the Leader of the Council giving an update on a range of issues including the recent death of former County Councillor Terry Dix who was Leader of the Council between 2001 and 2007; the nation falling silent last week for Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, the announcement by Government this week that Covid boosters are being extended to the over 40s; the  steady growth in demand this year for adult social care and the support the Council is giving to the care sector to tackle the difficulties being faced by home care providers in recruiting and keeping staff; the launch of a new campaign as part of national Road Safety Week showcasing Staffordshire’s road safety champions; the agreements reached at the COP26 summit together with the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan; and the official opening of the Stafford Western Access Route, delivered by the County Council with funding from developers and the Local Enterprise Partnership, be noted.


17/11/2021 - Green Homes Grant (Sustainable Warmth Competition) ref: 2187    Recommendations Approved

To consider approval of Council Grant Award Expenditure and appropriate spend for the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme (GHG-LADS) Sustainable Warmth Competition

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 24/11/2021

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dr Richard Harling MBE


17/11/2021 - The Future of Replacement Care Services (Learning Disabilities) ref: 2186    Recommendations Approved

Recommendation for the future delivery of replacement services for adults with learning disabilities in Staffordshire following an options appraisal and six week period of public engagement.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 24/11/2021

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Andrew Jepps


17/11/2021 - Half Yearly Treasury Management Report for the Period Ended 30 September 2021 ref: 2182    Recommendations Approved

Report detailing the treasury management activity of Staffordshire County Council for the first half of 2021/22.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 24/11/2021

Decision:

“The UK economy continues to face an uncertain environment in 2021/22, with the on-going Covid-19 pandemic and an uncertain financial environment. The County Council continues to follow its Treasury Management Policy of using internal cash balances instead of borrowing money.

 

We also continue to provide advice and support along with access to funding for local businesses, as we work to get our economy back on track.  And 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 consider a summary of the 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 2021 be noted.

 

(b) That the Prudential Indicators detailed in Appendix 2 to the report be noted and that the increase to the Upper Limit of variable rate interest exposure, as detailed in paragraph 47 of the report, be approved.

 

(c) That the proposed revision to the Non-Standard Investment limits, detailed in paragraphs 40-43 and Appendix 5 of the report, be noted and approved.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rob Salmon