Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 11th June, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This meeting will be a virtual meeting and therefore will not take place in a physical location. To view this meeting please click link below

Contact: Jackie Currie  Email: jackie.currie@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

99.

ROLL CALL FOR MEMBERS AND OFFICERS

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

100.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

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.

 

Note

 

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). 

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest made on this occasion.

 

101.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

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

Minutes:

RESOLVED  that, the press and public be not excluded for any items of business on the agenda today.

 

102.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 30 January 2020 (copy enclosed)

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,  that the minutes of the meeting held on 30 January 2020 be agreed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

 

103.

STATEMENTS BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL AND CABINET MEMBERS

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

Minutes:

Councillor Keith Little – Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport made a statement about Grizebeck.

 

Back in 2018 the Department of Transport invited the County Council to bring forward a business case for the upgrade of the A595 at Grizebeck; this business case was submitted to the Department in April 2019.  In line with DfT guidance, the County Council worked with Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to identify £2.25m of local match funding using their Local Growth Fund on the basis it would be spent by March 2021.

 

Unfortunately, DfT had not been able to reach a decision on this application yet, which had resulted in a position whereby the full Growth Deal allocation cannot be spent by March 2021 and the LEP had been advised of this.

 

This is a major setback for the County Council and the scheme and the Cabinet Member would be raising this with the local MP.

 

The Cabinet Member – Highways and Transport also made a statement on Emergency Active Travel.  The County Council had recently been allocated Government funding for emergency active travel measures.  This funding could be used to implement temporary cycling and walking measures such as pop up cycle lanes.

 

In Cumbria the indicative funding for tranche 1 was £233,000, which was approximately £40,000 per district. The second tranche would be available later in the summer, and would be for more permanent cycling and walking schemes.

 

Cumbria County Council had been working with local members and district council representatives to prioritise a long list of potential schemes.  Once confirmation had been received on whether the bid was successful, work would begin to implement the temporary schemes in  each District area.

 

In addition the District Councils had received an allocation of European funding for reopening high streets safely and the County Council was working with the Districts Councils to identify how the funding could be used to support the safe reopening of high streets and other commercial areas.

 

Councillor Patricia Bell then made a statement about the Black Lives Matters Campaign, which had brought international attention to race equality and this had come at a time when Public Health England had published data on the impact of Covid-19 on Black Asian and Minority people.

 

The issues raised by Black Lives Matters gave added impetus to Cumbria County Council to press ahead with its Equality agenda, and will inform the paper already planned to come to Cabinet in September on the Council’s equality objectives.

 

The Chair thanked the Cabinet Members for their statements.

 

104.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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

 

Minutes:

There were no petitions, public questions, or statements made on this occasion.

 

105.

REFERRALS FROM LOCAL COMMITTEES

None for this meeting

 

 

 

Minutes:

None for this meeting.

 

106.

REFERRALS FROM SCRUTINY

None for this meeting

 

Minutes:

None for this meeting.

 

107.

Cumbria County Councils Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To consider a report from the Leader of the Council (copy to follow)

 

Minutes:

Cabinet Members had before them a report from the Chief Executive, which provided an overview of the Council’s response to the Covid-19 epidemic to date.

 

The Chair referred to the amount of detail contained in the report, which he did not intend to go through in particular detail during the meeting.  There were likely to be further important matters over the coming months in relation to Covid-19 that Cabinet would wish to be updated on.

 

However, he gave the Cabinet Members the opportunity to make any specific points for their portfolios.

 

Councillor Deborah Earl - Cabinet Member Pubic Health and Community Services highlighted the Emergency helpline which had been launched (with partners) by the County Council in March and had taken thousands of calls to help people with shopping, prescriptions and emergency food.  None of this would have been possible and as successful without the thousands of volunteers who had helped in all of the communities.  Community groups across the County had been amazing and were still all working hard now.  The Cabinet Member thanked everyone involved with this helpline.

 

The Cabinet Member said the Public Health team had been at the forefront throughout this pandemic and were now leading the way with the local, test, track and trace system and assisting schools and other organisations with infection control.  This work had been led by our Director of Public Health Colin Cox whose leadership from day one had been exemplary.

 

She thanked the Director of Public Health and also all staff at Cumbria County Council for their hard work, and dedication to help the residents of Cumbria.

 

Councillor Patricia Bell - Cabinet Member for Health and Care started

by thanking all those people who work in health and care, in the private and public sector, on the front line and in the back room, for their hard work and dedication in these difficult times; for the extra shifts and extended hours worked, often beyond the call of duty, whilst balancing this with the need to manage their own lives and

the lives of their families through lock down.

 

The council’s response to the pandemic had been characterised by strong partnership work and system leadership, with health partners locally, NHS England, the third sector, district councils and wider partners.

 

The council had been able to maintain its care services and had not, like some other councils, found it necessary to enact the care act easements.

 

The council had led a multiagency multi group and 24/7 response cell, which among other things had coordinated a process for managing admissions to care homes to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

 

The council had responded quickly in providing a supportive response to the wider social care market and established mechanisms to collate vital intelligence on things such as the supply of PPE and staffing shortages. By sharing information on a daily basis it had been possible for care providers to support each other.

 

Cumbria Care, the County Council’s own care service had been at the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 107.

108.

2019/20 Revenue and Capital Budget Monitoring Report Provisional Year End Results pdf icon PDF 314 KB

To consider a report from the Director of Finance (Section 151 Officer) (copy enclosed)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report from the Director of Finance (Section 151 Officer), which set out the Council’s provisional year end results for 2019/20 covering the Revenue Budget, Capital Programme and Treasury Management activities.  This report linked to the Q4 Council Plan Delivery Plan Performance Report which would be reported in July. 

 

The Chair invited the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance to present the report and move the recommendations.

 

The financial context for the Council was extremely challenging.  Since 2011/12, the Council had agreed a total of £272million of savings in setting annual revenue budgets. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) which emerged in the fourth quarter of 2019/20 would be felt for many years to come and it added another layer of uncertainty and challenge to the funding and the provision of local public services.

 

It was, therefore, positive to report that at the end of Q4, against a net revenue budget of £394.453m, the provisional outturn position for the Revenue Budget at the year end was a balanced budget.

 

This report emphasises that this Council was in a strong and stable financial position as it entered the current year, on 1st April. That would be important when the Council made the case to the treasury as to the assistance Cumbria would need to meet the current extra costs.

 

The Deputy Leader reminded members that numbers were provisional at this stage, pending the external audit.  He then outlined the key messages and moved the report.

 

RESOLVED, that Cabinet:

a)           Note the Revenue Budget at the provisional outturn for monitoring purposes of £394.453m as a result of the transfers from the Inflation and Contingency budget and agreed transfers to and from reserves (set out in Appendix 1).

b)           Note the provisional outturn Revenue Budget year end position of a balanced budget, this is after the drawdown of £1.044m from the Covid-19 reserve.

c)           Note progress in delivering the new savings for 2019/20 of £22.730m; a total of £17.056m (75.0%) of these 2019/20 savings have been delivered by 31st March 2020.

d)           Note the General Fund balance at 31st March 2020 of £15.056m after mitigations.  This is consistent with the level of General Fund Balance at 31st March 2019.

e)           Approve the addition of £1.103m to the Capital Programme 2019/20, as detailed in paras 38 - 40, funded from specific grants and contributions.

f)            Approve the virements of £0.190m to the Capital Programme 2019/20 as set out in para 41.

g)           Note the provisional outturn for the Capital Programme 2019/20 of £90.891m against a current capital budget of £108.229m (excluding Accountable Bodies) resulting in a variance of £17.338m as set out in Table 8 para 43.

h)           Note Treasury Management activities during 2019/20 have operated within the treasury limits set out in the Council’s Treasury Policy Statement and Treasury Strategy Statement and the Prudential Indicators set by Council in February 2019.

2020/21 Capital and Revenue Budget Monitoring – Update

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