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Items
No. Item

88.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were made::

 

Councillor Bayliss - Budget and Council Tax 2015/16, Corporate Plan 2015/16 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2015-2020 (Minute 91) – Wife is an employee of an organisation that receives a grant from the Council

 

Councillor Mrs L. Hodgson – Worcestershire Single Persons Outreach Service 2015/16 (Minute 96) - As a trustee of St. Paul’s Hostel.

89.

Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, with each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Committee.

Minutes:

None.

90.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Of the meeting held on 20th January 2015 to be agreed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes:

In response to a question on progress in respect of minute 81 (Warndon Skills Centre), the Leader stated that he would give the Member inquiring an update orally.

 

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2015 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

91.

Budget and Council Tax 2015/16, Corporate Plan and Medium Term Financial Plan 2015/2020 pdf icon PDF 116 KB

The cabinet member fOR DeLIVERING value for money, cOUNCILLOR Chris mITchell, RECommends:

 

1.    That Cabinet recommend Full Council approve the Budget and Council Tax for 2015/16 which includes the Budget Book, the Treasury Management Strategy, the Pay Policy Statement, and the detailed Fees and Charges.

 

2.    That Cabinet recommend Full Council approve the Corporate Plan 2015-2020 and the high level Corporate Plan investments for 2015/16, and the Medium Term Financial Plan 2015-2020 which includes the Capital Programme, the Transformation Plan and Earmarked Reserves.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the Budget and Council Tax for 2015/16, including the Budget Book, Treasury Management Strategy, Pay Policy Statement, and detailed Fees and Charges.  The Cabinet also considered the Corporate Plan 2015-2020, the high level Corporate Plan investments for 2015/16 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2015-2020 including the Capital Programme, the Transformation Plan and Earmarked Reserves.  The Portfolio Holder for Delivering Value for Money presented the report and highlighted the main points, which were summarised in paragraph 16 of the report. He expressed his support for the proposal and emphasised the aim to protect service delivery and quality standards from budget cuts.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Economic Prosperity spoke and made reference to a number of items, including maintaining low car parking charges, investment in riverside maintenance, proposed improvements to the city centre and urban realm and the programme for street nameplates.

 

The Chairman of the Performance Management and Budget Scrutiny Committee was given the opportunity to comment on the main points that had emerged from that Committee’s consideration of the Budget proposals and the Corporate Plan. He made reference to the proposed strategy on the use of New Homes Bonus, the intention to freeze Council Tax, the potential for outsourcing waste collection, parks maintenance and the potential for efficiency savings, and future funding of the Welfare Assistance Scheme.  With regard to the Corporate Plan, it had been acknowledged that there were differences between the political parties on some aspects, although the Committee had not identified any specific matters for detailed feedback to Cabinet.

 

Other Members present also commented on the report. In response to questions, the Leader clarified that the position on the level of Council Tax would be reviewed each year and the final decision would be taken by Full Council. With regard to the use of New Homes Bonus, it was acknowledged that future funding was not guaranteed.  This had been identified as a risk, but the proposed approach was considered to be appropriate taking into account the total allocation and the overall budget position. 

 

The Leader referred to a number of the issues that had emerged during the discussion on the Corporate Plan by the Performance Management and Budget Scrutiny Committee.  He considered that some points – for example public health initiatives, improving the local economy and raising living standards – were addressed within the Plan.  The Cabinet would support the Welfare Assistance Scheme and would commit to finding c£100k in match funding to enable the scheme to continue.

 

Whilst the Performance Management and Budget Scrutiny Committee had not identified any specific matters for detailed feedback, the Leader stated that having considered the points raised, he proposed a number of changes to the detailed wording of the Corporate Plan, as follows:

 

Theme: Increasing prosperity through successful businesses and great jobs

 

Land and Premises - Amend first bullet point to read:

 

      Adopt and deliver the SWDP Housing (including affordable housing and employment land)

 

Educational Attainment and Work Experience – Amend first bullet point to read:  ...  view the full minutes text for item 91.

92.

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire - Transfer to Trust pdf icon PDF 32 KB

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR SAFER & STRONGER COMMUNITIES, COUNCILLOR DAVID WILKINSON RECOMMENDS:

 

That Cabinet note the progress to date and work completed in readiness for the transfer of the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire to the new independent organisation.

Minutes:

The Cabinet received a report on progress to date and work completed in readiness for the transfer of the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire (SPHW) to the new independent organisation.  The Portfolio Holder for Safer and Stronger Communities highlighted that the employee issues had been resolved and the transfer would be effective from 1st April 2015.

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet note the progress to date and work completed in readiness for the transfer of the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire to the new independent organisation.

93.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chairman is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.

Minutes:

None.

94.

Item Involving the Disclosure of Exempt Information

The Cabinet is invited to pass the following resolution:-

 

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

95.

Fees and Charges 2015/16 - Exempt Items

To consider details of Trade Waste and Building Control fees and charges.  These fees and charges are commercially sensitive and are not for publication.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered and supported the proposed Trade Waste and Building Control fees and charges. These fees and charges were commercially sensitive and were not for publication.

96.

Worcestershire Single People's Outreach Service - 2015/16

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR SAFER & STRONGER COMMUNITIES, COUNCILLOR DAVID WILKINSON RECOMMENDS:

 

1.    That Cabinet agree a procurement exemption to provide the Worcestershire Single People's Outreach Service in 2015/16.

 

2.    That Cabinet approve the use of the DCLG grant 'Single Peoples Prevention Fund' to fund the contract for 2015/16.

 

 

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered an exemption from the Council's Procurement Code to provide the Worcestershire Single People's Outreach Service in 2015/16, and also the budget spend of £120,000 from the Department for Local Government and Communities’ 'Single People's Prevention Fund' grant. 

 

The Portfolio Holder for Safer and Stronger Communities highlighted that it was proposed to directly commission a further year of service from St Paul's Hostel. They were the sole provider of services of this type to vulnerable adults in Worcestershire.  Funding for 2015/16 of £120,000 was available from a specific government grant.

 

Other Cabinet Members expressed support for the proposals, which supported the Re-connection Policy approved in November 2014, and which would enable the service to continue for another year.

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet:

 

1.        agree a procurement exemption to award a contract to St Paul's for the delivery of the Worcestershire Single People’s Outreach Service for one year from April 2015 - March 2016; and

 

2.        approve the use of the DCLG grant 'Single Peoples Prevention Fund' of £120,000 to fund the contract for 2015/16.