Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 1st February, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Conference Room A, Cumbria House, Carlisle CA1 1RD

Contact: Nicola Harrison  Email: nicola.harrison@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

65.

STATEMENTS BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL AND CABINET MEMBERS

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

Minutes:

The Leader changed the order of business and took this item after the Exclusion of Press and Public Agenda item.

 

The Leader stated that he was delighted to hear that Ms M Skeer was the preferred candidate for the position of Chief Constable of Cumbria Police. He commented on her calibre for the position, that she was a Cumbrian candidate and would be the first female Chief Constable in Cumbria if appointed. He noted that the Cumbria Police and Crime Panel would hold a Confirmation Hearing in due course for Ms Skeer.

 

The Leader stated that he, the Chief Executive and the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport would be attending a meeting in London with Cumbrian MPs to brief them on important, major strategic infrastructure consultations in the county. His ambition was to encourage Cumbrian MPs to speak with one voice and give their unequivocal support to the projects.

 

The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services was pleased to announce that following the recent inspection, in respect of Children and Family Services, Ofsted had published its Inspection report. The County Council’s status had improved to ‘Requires Improvement’. She commented on the significant improvements that had been made and that the Corporate Director – Children’s Services had worked with members and officers to drive the improvements. She acknowledged that further work was required and this was being addressed. She emphasised that it was essential that the Council had the best outcomes for children. The Leader thanked the Corporate Director – Children’s Services and his staff for their dedication to improving services since 2015 and recognised that there was still work to do.

66.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr P Thornton.

67.

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 at the meeting.

68.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 21 December 2017.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 21 December 2017 be approved

69.

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 to exclude the press and public during consideration of Agenda Item 12 for the reasons set out in the report.

 

70.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

None at the time of Agenda despatch.

 

Minutes:

There were no items of public participation at this meeting.

71.

REFERRAL FROM SCRUTINY

To consider any referrals from Scrutiny.

 

71a

Scrutiny Task and Finish Group - Equality Objectives pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To consider a report from the Chair of the Equality Objectives Scrutiny Task and Finish Group.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader welcomed Mr Mark Wilson, who had attended as Vice Chair of the Scrutiny Management Board to present the Equality Objectives Task and Finish Group report to Cabinet.

 

Mr Wilson outlined the findings arising from the Equality Objectives Task and Finish Group Scrutiny review. He outlined the recommendations before Cabinet, highlighting in particular that the suite of information to be developed for Local Committees would assist integration work in Cumbria’s localities and aid members with their grant objectives in their divisions, particularly at Local Committee meetings.

 

Mr Wilson commented on the content of the witness statements and emphasised that the issues highlighted in the review needed to be addressed. He considered that the review outcomes would be able to blend into the County Council’s Council Plan 2018-2022 and would focus the Council’s equality objectives for now and the future.

 

RESOLVED that, the recommendations arising from the Task and Finish Group be agreed.

 

71b

Response of Corporate Director to Scrutiny Review - County Council Equality Objectives pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation.  

 

Minutes:

The Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation introduced the report which provided her response to the Scrutiny Task and Finish Group on the County Council’s Equality Objectives.

 

She thanked Mr Wilson and members for their participation and contribution to the Scrutiny review. She welcomed it as an important report as the County Council had duties to promote fairness and equality in the county. She commented on the rich diversity of Cumbrian communities, adding that the Scrutiny Review had given valuable insight into this at a local level. The Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation referred to the Equality Action Plan which would outline how the objectives agreed in 2016 would be met and on the support for Members in their local leadership role.

 

The Deputy Leader advised that the outcomes of the Scrutiny review would be incorporated into the Council Plan. The Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue thanked the Task and Finish Group members for their work, adding that she welcomed the Action Plan and that more information would be available for Local Committee members.

 

The Leader welcomed the timely piece of work and concurred that the witnesses had been of a high calibre, stating that he was pleased that all of the recommendations would be accepted.

 

Mr Wilson, supported by the Leader, congratulated the Strategic Policy and Scrutiny Advisor on his support  to members on the Scrutiny review.

 

RESOLVED that

 

1               The recommendations of the Equality Objectives Task and Finish Group be accepted

2               An Equality Action Plan setting out how the Council is implementing its Equality objectives in line with the new Council Plan be brought to a future meeting of Cabinet.

72.

Council Plan 2018 - 2022 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation (copy enclosed)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation regarding the Council Plan 2018-2022. The report presented the new Draft Council Plan 2018-2022 and asked Cabinet members to endorse the draft for recommendation to Council. Members were asked to consider the summary of feedback received through the consultation process in respect of the Council’s proposed vision, outcomes and approach which had had been considered in developing the Draft Council Plan, to inform their decision on endorsement of the Plan.

 

On presenting the report, the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation highlighted that the Council must embrace new ways of working in order to be sustainable for the future and she outlined the four core principles which underpinned the approach that the Council would take to deliver its proposed vision; to work with residents, businesses, communities and other organisations to deliver the best services possible. The areas of working which the Council would focus on for the following four years were reported.

 

The Leader drew members’ attention to the Council’s areas of activity for the next four years and explained that a Council Plan Delivery Plan would be drawn up. He advised that the Administration’s Partnership Agreement would be published shortly and encouraged the public to read it.

 

The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services welcomed the Council Plan 2018-2022 as it clearly set out the work and direction of the Council for the next four years, to deliver services in the context of reduced funding.

 

RESOLVED that

 

1.     Cabinet endorses the draft Council Plan 2018-2022 (as appended as Appendix 1 to the report), for recommendation to Council.

2.     Authority be delegated to the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation to make necessary amendments to the draft Council Plan 2018-2022 in consultation with the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, prior to its consideration by Council on 15 February 2018.

73.

Draft Revenue Budget 2018/19 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2018/19 – 2021/22 and Draft Capital Programme 2018-2023 pdf icon PDF 337 KB

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation regarding the Draft Revenue Budget and Medium Term Financial Plan 2018/19 – 2021/22 and Draft Capital Programme 2018-2023. The purpose of the report was to present to Cabinet the Budget Proposal for 2018/19. The report set out the:-

a)     Draft Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) 2018-2022

b)     Revenue spending plans to achieve a balanced budget in 2018/19

c)      Council Tax Requirement for 2018/19

d)     Draft Capital Programme for 2018 – 2023

e)     Draft Treasury Management Strategy for 2018/19. 

 

Cabinet was asked to consider the recommendations in making its Budget Proposal (Revenue and Capital) to Council for Council to consider at its meeting on 15th February 2018.

 

In presenting the report, the Chief Executive explained that Cabinet would be making the recommendations for Council to consider at the meeting to be held later in February 2018 and that the report was a financial expression of the Council Plan 2018-2022. She thanked officers across the Council who had contributed to the report, explaining that the Budget proposal would help move the council forward against a backdrop of austerity and demand on resources.

 

The fact that similar challenges were faced by other authorities was noted and the savings already made by the Council in addition to those required in the future were reported. Cabinet was advised that the budget was balanced and that changes to Council Tax had been carefully considered. The mechanisms employed to arrive at the Budget proposal were explained and it was emphasised that feedback from the Public Consultation regarding Council Tax had been taken on board. Members were advised that Equality Impact Assessments had been carried out where appropriate in relation to the budget proposals. Members’ attention was drawn to the Pay Policy Statement for the Council which was included in the Budget report which was published annually. Members were thanked for their support.

 

The Assistant Director (Finance) s151 Officer guided members closely through the Budget proposal report, highlighting all the key financial information for members and focussing in particular on the six financial documents, attached as appendices to the report.

 

Six of key financial messages were brought to members’ attention. These were

 

1             The need to secure £69m of revenue budget savings over the next four years

2             To balance the budget there were in total net savings of £35m required (with £39m new savings required 2018/19)

3             The Council Tax requirement was £225m (levels for bands were set out in the report)

4             The Capital Programme for the following five years totalled £243m and was fully funded.

5             The Audit and Assurance Committee at its meeting in January 2018  had carefully considered the Draft Treasury Management Strategy for 2018/19

6             The s151 Officer’s statutory comment on the robustness of the Budget was laid out; there were a number of financial risks and uncertainties not funded within the budget, against a backdrop of austerity the achievement of all savings could not be guaranteed, monitoring of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

Response to Consultation on Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Draft Business Plan 2018-2021 pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which recommended to Cabinet that the draft response to the consultation on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Draft Business Plan 2018-2021 be approved.

 

The Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property thanked the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways and his team for producing the document. He welcomed the proposals to support Small and Medium Enterprise organisations and that support was available for workforce planning, in particular for staff whose employment at nuclear plants in Cumbria would be coming to an end. He highlighted the collaboration with NuGen in respect of the Moorside site and the importance of the cumulative infrastructure implications of short and longer term investments for the 3 key nuclear sites in West Cumbria. Emphasis was placed on the importance of ensuring meaningful engagement with local communities.

 

RESOLVED that  the draft response (attached as Appendix 1 to the report), to the consultation on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Draft Business Plan 2018-2021 be approved.

75.

Allerdale Local Plan – Site Allocations Preferred Options Consultation pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which sought Cabinet’s approval to respond to the consultation on Allerdale Borough Council Local Plan (Part 2) Site Allocations – Consultation on Additional Sites Submitted and Policy Option. Once adopted the Plan would identify key development sites in Allerdale up to 2029.

 

The Cabinet Member for Environment advised that members of Allerdale Local Committee had expressed their concern that developments had been identified in areas where there were no surplus school places, adding that the public had also raised concerns. She considered planning law to favour the developer not the local community. She asked that Cabinet and Local members be kept up to date on the Infrastructure Plan.

 

The Leader referred to the information available for members regarding two tier areas and the respective Councils’ separate responsibilities for the provision of infrastructure and housing. A Statement of Intent had been signed by the County Council with each of the District Councils committing both tiers to work together to identify the infrastructure for example roads and schools, necessary to support the envisaged level of development and to try to secure the resources required to deliver it.

 

RESOLVED, that Cabinet approves the response contained in Appendix 1 – Technical Appendix and Appendix 2 – Detailed Comments on Specific Sites (attached to the report) for submission to Allerdale Borough Council.

 

 

76.

Award of a Framework contract for the Provision of Training and Accreditation of Apprenticeships

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation.

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation which sought approval to award the Apprenticeship Framework Contracts for the period April 2018 to March 2022.

 

The Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue moved the recommendation. The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services drew members’ attention to the Care Leavers’ Offer and the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation asked that consideration be given to the progression routes for apprentices.

 

RESOLVED that

 

1             The award of Framework contracts be made to those providers detailed at Appendix 1 of the report, their tenders providing the best overall price and quality of service.

2             Approval of the appointment of all future providers who are eligible to gain access to the Framework throughout the term of the Framework be delegated to the Corporate Director – Resources and Transformation in consultation with the Leader, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue (this is a flexible Framework which will open every six months to allow new providers to be appointed to the Framework)