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ROLL CALL AND APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To receive any apologies for absence.
An apology for absence was received from Mrs J Willis.
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.
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).
Mrs C Tibble declared a non pecuniary interest in Agenda Item No 8 - Award of Framework Contract – Support and Accommodation Framework for People with a Learning Disability, Mental Health Problem, autism or a physical and or sensory impairment, as she is a Board Member at West House.
She chose to leave the meeting during discussion for this item.
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.
RESOLVED, that the press and public be not excluded from any items on the agenda today.
To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 18 March 2021 (copy enclosed)
RESOLVED, that the minutes of the meeting held on 18 March 2021 be agreed as a true and accurate record.
STATEMENTS BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL AND CABINET MEMBERS
To receive statements by the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members.
The Deputy Leader made an announcement about the Director of Finance, Mrs Crellin moving on to pastures new, as she had been appointed as Director of Major Projects for City and Guilds. He paid tribute and testimony to her for her professionalism, patience and ability to explain accountancy to members in an understandable way.
Cabinet Members joined the Deputy Leader in congratulating the Director and wishing her every success for the future.
There were no questions, petitions or statements at the time of despatch
There were no public questions, petitions or statements made on this occasion.
There were no referrals from Scrutiny to this meeting.
There were also no referrals from local committees made on this occasion.
To consider a report from the Director of Public Health (copy to follow)
Cabinet had before it a report from the Director of Public Health which set out the latest position regarding use of Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) monies as endorsed by the Health Protection Board.
These proposed programmes of work would progress through the appropriate governance processes supported by more detailed proposals and costings.
The COMF was funding that had been provided to local authorities to support the ongoing public health and outbreak management costs to local authorities of tackling COVID-19. These had taken the form of monthly payments based on local alert levels, national restrictions and tiers and had ranged from £1 per head of population to £8 per head of population.
In 2020/21, Cumbria was awarded and received £11.335 million. During that year, responsibility was given to Upper Tier Authorities as to how to disburse the COMF monies. This funding could be carried forward between financial years, enabling Authorities to plan for a longer term programme of activity.
The Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities took members through the report, and highlighted the following:-
· Community vaccine programme
· Support to schools and early years settings
· Social isolation and mental health
Cabinet felt that Covid-19 had disproportionately impacted on more socioeconomically deprived areas and on groups including older people, BAME populations and those with underlying health conditions. Work to continue responding to Covid-19 would therefore target activity where it was most needed in order to reduce these inequalities.
RESOLVED, that the report be received and noted,
To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (copy enclosed)
Mrs C Tibble declared a non pecuniary interest in this item, as she is a Board Member at West House. She chose to leave the meeting at this point.
Cabinet considered a report from the Executive Director – People, which sought approval to appoint providers who had met or exceeded the minimum standards required to the Open Framework Agreement for the provision of support and accommodation for people with a learning disability, mental health problem, autism or a physical and or sensory impairment.
In November 2015 the Council commissioned two separate Frameworks to support this and both of these were due to end of 1 May 2021.
The focus of the new Framework would be upon outcome-based support, with providers expected to both demonstrate innovative solutions to meet individual needs and clearly evidence how individual outcomes had been achieved. As a result, potential support commissioned via the Framework would include a range of lots falling into the following categories:
· Learning disability
· Mental health
· Physical and or sensory impairments
The Framework is for an initial period of 3 years, with the option to extend for a further period of up to 12 months, and a summary of the Providers who had met the required standard was included in Appendix 1 of the report. This included 12 new entrants to the Cumbrian market.
All successful providers will be eligible to enter mini competition for support for specific individuals or groups under the Framework.
Establishment of a support and accommodation framework would allow commissioners to:
· take a strategic approach to the procurement of support;
· improve performance; support provider sustainability;
· manage the market;
· focus on outcomes and the delivery of ‘just enough support’.
(1) Cabinet approve establishment of the framework and the appointment of the providers referenced in Appendix 1 of this report to the Open Framework Agreement for the provision of support and accommodation for people with a learning disability, mental health problem, autism or a physical and or sensory impairment (the “Framework”) from 2nd June 2021 (The Framework is for an initial period of 3 years, with the option to extend for a further period of up to 12 months);
(2) Cabinet is recommended to delegate all future provider appointments to the Framework (for providers that meet the published tender criteria) to the Executive Director – People.