Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 18th October, 2018 10.00 am

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

Contact: Shamim Lindsay  Email: shamim.lindsay@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

45.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

46.

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.

47.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 27 September 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, the minutes of the meeting held on 27 September 2018 be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

48.

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 not be excluded during consideration of any items of business

49.

STATEMENTS BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL AND CABINET MEMBERS

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

Minutes:

There were no statements made by the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members.

50.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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

 

Minutes:

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

51.

2018 Health and Safety Policy Statement and 2017/2018 Annual Health, Safety and Wellbeing Report pdf icon PDF 100 KB

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

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Environment presented the 2018 Health and Safety Policy Statement and 2017-18 Annual Health, Safety and Wellbeing report. The report summarised the main findings of the Corporate Health, Safety and Wellbeing activity undertaken during 2017-18.

 

Members were informed of the County Councils’ commitment to the ongoing Health, Safety and Wellbeing of employees, elected members, trade union representatives, contractors and members of the public in receipt of Council services. Members were apprised of the Council’s legal responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Council’s legal duty to prepare an Annual Corporate Health and Safety Policy Statement and communicate it to employees. Members were informed that the 2017/18 Annual Report detailed areas of the Council where the greatest areas of risk needed to be managed, it detailed past performance data and identified where further improvement was required to ensure the Council continually improved.

 

Members were asked to note key points such as the reduction in the number staff absences and that the County Council currently achieves the Silver Better Health at Work Award. It had also been successful in the PPMA People Management National Awards.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1             The 2018 Health and Safety Policy Statement attached as Appendix 1 to the report be approved

2             The 2017-18 Annual Health, Safety and Wellbeing Report, attached as Appendix 2 to the report be approved and the report be published.

52.

Equality Action Plan 2018-2020 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

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

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformationand Fire and Rescue presented the Equality Action Plan. Members were advised that the Equality Action Plan linked to the Council Plan and other Council Plans and Strategies. Joint working had taken place with AWAZ Cumbria and Scrutiny had commented on the work during the drafting of the Plan.

 

The Leader commented that the Plan had been an excellent example of joint working between Cabinet and Scrutiny. A Scrutiny Task and Finish Group had convened in July 2018 and its work had influenced the Plan. It showed how Scrutiny added value to the work of Cabinet. The Leader asked that Cabinet’s thanks be conveyed to Scrutiny Members.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1             The Equality Action Plan (2018-20) be agreed

2             The Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services convey Cabinet’s thanks to Scrutiny Members for their contribution to the Equality Action Plan.

53.

Consultation on the Proposed Amalgamation of Maryport Infant and Maryport CE Junior School pdf icon PDF 101 KB

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

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning presented a report on the Consultation on the Proposed Amalgamation of Maryport Infant and Maryport CE Junior School. Members were informed about the legal work that had been undertaken and the work of the Governing Body. Allerdale Local Committee had given consideration to the amalgamation and it was noted that the School would become Voluntary Aided.

 

It was raised that although its role had diminished, the County Council still had an important role in education in Cumbria. The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services advised that the amalgamation had been under consideration for a number of years and congratulated the Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning and officers on their work. She considered it to be the right decision for Maryport.

 

The Leader commented on the eight respondents to the Consultation who did not agree with the amalgamation as they considered it to be a step towards the school becoming an Academy.  He advised that it was not the intention for the school to become an Academy hoping that in time, this would become apparent.

 

RESOLVED that,  after considering the feedback from the period of consultation, Maryport Infant School be discontinued (to facilitate the  expansion of the age range of Maryport Junior School).

54.

Integrated Care Provider - Consultation Response pdf icon PDF 101 KB

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

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council presented the report on the Integrated Care Provider – Consultation Response. NHS England had launched a twelve week consultation on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers and the report set out the main issues and asked Cabinet to agree the response to the consultation.

 

The Leader set out the reason why the consultation was taking place and informed members that before the consultation had been published, the Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board had already had lengthy discussions on how to make Health and Social Care work effectively and efficiently in the county. He stated that health colleagues were committed to working closely together, communication and relationships had improved and that work had already been carried out on improving the health and care sector in Cumbria. He commented on the challenge of defining ‘integration’ and of his frustration of how the integration agenda, as expressed by senior NHS colleagues both locally and nationally, was different to that set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, and that to embark upon the integration journey without revision to that 2012 Act was a missed opportunity. He reported on issues of the contracting out of health and care provision, the inherent threat of privatisation and the competition from other countries to become providers. An issue highlighted was the potential for any staff included as part of an ICP to be potentially TUPED over to any private provider who might secure a contract for service provision down the line as part of the integration process.

 

In referring to the Draft Integrated Provider Contract (ICP) Briefing Note that had accompanied the consultation and the implications for the Council, the Leader advised that the NHS locally had not indicated that they wanted to move to an ICP contract and he hoped that this would not be the new arrangement.

 

The Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services and Deputy Leader echoed the Leader’s concerns and highlighted their own concerns for the privatisation of health and care services in Cumbria.

 

RESOLVED that,  the response to the consultation as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be agreed.