Agenda and minutes

Thursday, 17th October, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - County Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ. View directions

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To receive any apologies for absence.


There were no apologies for absence.




Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises


1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for       profit or gain.


2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.


3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority


(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be           executed; and


            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.


4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 


5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 


6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)


            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and


            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial interest.


7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where


(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the          area of the authority; and


(b)       Either –


(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one        hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or


(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.


In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.




A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners). 


There were no disclosures of interest made on this occasion.



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To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 19 September 2019 (copy enclosed)



RESOLVED, that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 September 2019 were agreed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.




To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.


RESOLVED, that the press and public be excluded during consideration of Agenda Item No 9 – Award of Contract – Child and Family Support Services as by virtue of Paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A this report contains exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information). 




To receive statements by the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members.


The Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Transformation and Fire and Rescue Services advised Cabinet that Mr John McVay, Area Manager – Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service would shortly be retiring from the Council. The Cabinet member for Customer Services, Transformation and Fire and Rescue was joined by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport and the Chair in warmly thanking Mr McVay, who was in attendance at the meeting, for his long and dedicated service.


The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport announced that he had attended the annual Community Rail Awards ceremony at which the Cumbria Coast Line Community Rail Partnership had won first prize in the Involving Diverse Groups category for the Broken Lives Mended project.  The Cabinet Member commended the dedication of the participants who had worked on the project over 3 years.


The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services made an announcement about the recent annual Children In Care Awards. She highlighted that the day had been very successful, with over 500 nominations for awards.  The Cabinet Member commended staff in the People Directorate for their work with looked after young people to facilitate the success of the event.




There were no questions, petitions or statements at the time of despatch



There were no public questions, petitions or statements made at this meeting.


There were no referrals from Local Committees or from Scrutiny made to this meeting.



Future Commissioning arrangements with North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To consider a joint report from the Interim Executive Director – People and the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services (copy enclosed)


Additional documents:


Cabinet considered a report from the Interim Executive Director – People which sought approval for the Council to work in more close alignment with NHS North Cumbria Commissioning Group (NCCCG) through strengthened approaches to joint commissioning.  This would involve the Council acting as the lead-commissioner, on behalf of both organisations, for a specific range of services.


The Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services introduced the report explaining that the proposals aim to support the Council’s vision, set out in the Council Plan, for people to be healthy and safe and to improve strategic and operational integration between the NHS and the Council for the benefit of the community.


She explained that there is a willingness from both the Council and the NCCCG to build on current joint working with the aims of improving outcomes, safety and experience, value and the sustainability and capacity of the provider market. Strategic integration will enable operational integration, which in turn will facilitate a stronger health and care system emerging in Cumbria.


The report sought permission for the Council, working with NCCCG to deliver commissioning system leadership in North Cumbria, in line with the Council’s vision and Plan.


The Chair supported the proposals, highlighting their importance in supporting greater integration in a context of differing NHS and local government legislation.


RESOLVED, that Cabinet


                   (1)    Endorse the continuing strategic integration between the Council and NCCCG.


                   (2)    Subject to written confirmation from NCCCG, approve the Council accepting delegation(s) of commissioning responsibility and to entering agreement(s) under section 75 NHS Act or otherwise together with any other action(s) required to implement the acceptance of delegations from NCCCG and the subsequent delivery of such delegated functions.


                   (3)    Approve in principle (subject to 2 above), the Council undertaking a lead-commissioner role for the services in scope under the Mental Health work stream.


                   (4)    Delegate to the Executive Director – People, in consultation with relevant Members, authority to carry out all actions necessary to implement integration under the Mental Health work stream and all future work streams as work in these areas progresses.


                   (5)    Approve consideration of reciprocal delegations, where appropriate, from the Council to NCCCG for areas where such delegation strengthens overall commissioning practice in Cumbria and to bring any proposed delegations arising to a future meeting of Cabinet for determination.



2021-2022 School Admission Arrangements pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To consider a report from the Interim Executive Director – People (copy enclosed)



Additional documents:


Cabinet considered a report from the Interim Executive Director – People, which set out the proposed admission arrangements (Appendix A of the report) for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools, for which the County Council is the statutory admission authority. 


Presenting the report the Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning highlighted that while academies, voluntary aided, foundation and free schools set their own admission arrangements, the Council retains responsibility for co-ordinating admissions policy. The Council is required to consult other admission authorities on any changes to the policy, including catchment areas and proposed reductions to published admission numbers (PANs). 


The Cabinet Member highlighted that the Council must consult the governing bodies of Community and Voluntary Controlled schools where it proposed to increase or retain the existing Published Admission Number (PAN) for 2021-22. 


Consultation on the 2021-22 arrangements must take place for a 6 week period between 1 October 2019 and 31 January 2020.


The report also proposed a co-ordinated scheme for school admissions in 2021-2022 which the Council is required to formulate by 1 January 2020, which was set out in Appendix B of the report under consideration.


The Chair confirmed that the Cabinet will consider its decision on the proposals in January 2020, following the consultation.


RESOLVED, that Cabinet


                   (1)    Approve the proposed admissions policy for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools to go out to consultation with the required groups as set out in the School Admissions Code 2014. This includes consultation on proposals to reduce the Published Admission Number (PAN) for Ewanrigg Junior School and the inclusion of an additional paragraph relating to children of UK service personnel.


                   (2)    Approve the proposed co-ordinated scheme for 2021-22 for all maintained schools and academies in Cumbria.


                   (3)    Approve the proposal to consult on an increase to the PAN at Haverigg Primary School and Jericho School, Whitehaven and on the retention of the existing PAN at all other Community and Voluntary Controlled schools.


                   (4)    Approve the nursery admissions policy for 2021-22 for Community and Voluntary Controlled nursery schools and infant/primary schools providing nursery education.


                   (5)    Note that a further report will be brought to Cabinet in January 2020 to provide feedback from the consultation and to seek a decision on the adoption of the 2021-22 admission arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools.