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Items
No. Item

14.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were made:

 

Councillor J. Squires – Support for Worcester Play Council (Minute 20) – As a former Chair of Worcester Play Council. Councillor J. Squires left the room for consideration of this item.

 

Councillor Mrs L. Hodgson – Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association Grant - Key Decision (Minute 27) - As a Governor of Heart of Worcestershire College

 

Councillor Johnson – Support for Worcester Play Council (Minute 20) – As a member of Worcester Play Council.

15.

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.

16.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Of the meeting held on 14th June 2016 to be agreed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 14th June 2016 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

17.

Skills Strategy and Delivery Plan - Key Decision pdf icon PDF 100 KB

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND GROWTH, COUNCILLOR GEOFF WILLIAMS, RECOMMENDS:

 

1.  To approve the Skills Strategy (Appendix 1) and Delivery Plan (Appendix 2) for Worcester; and

 

2.  To approve a NHB budget allocation of £150,000.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the adoption of a Skills Strategy and Delivery Plan for Worcester and the provision of an enabling budget. The Portfolio Holder for Economic Prosperity and Growth presented the report and highlighted the main points.  In summary, the Strategy would compliment the County Strategic Economic Plan and contribute towards raising skill levels and tackle economic exclusion.

 

Other Cabinet Members spoke in support of the proposal, which would support communities in areas with high deprivation rates and was consistent with the Council’s goals in relation to skills and economic inclusion.

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet:

 

1.    approve the Skills Strategy (Appendix 1) and Delivery Plan (Appendix 2) for Worcester; and

 

2.    approve a NHB budget allocation of £150,000.

18.

Business Start Up and Growth Grants Funding for Period 2016 - 2019 - Key Decision pdf icon PDF 106 KB

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND GROWTH, COUNCILLOR GEOFF WILLIAMS, RECOMMENDS:

 

To approve £60,000 of New Home Bonus to enable Worcester City Council to continue to offer business start up and growth grants to those businesses which are ineligible under the ERDF Enterprising Worcestershire scheme.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a proposal to continue with business start up and growth grant programmes for years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to support businesses which were not eligible for grant funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme. The Portfolio Holder for Economic Prosperity and Growth presented the report and highlighted the main points.

 

Other Cabinet Members spoke in support of the proposal, which was in line with the Council’s corporate priorities for economic prosperity and would help to give confidence to local businesses and the local economy at a time of uncertainty.

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet approve £60,000 of New Home Bonus to enable Worcester City Council to continue to offer business start up and growth grants to those businesses which are ineligible under the ERDF Enterprising Worcestershire scheme.

19.

Support for Disability Sport Worcester pdf icon PDF 101 KB

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR CLEAN, GREEN AND LEISURE SERVICES, COUNCILLOR JABBA RIAZ, RECOMMENDS:

 

1.    That Cabinet approve a grant of up to £30k to Disability Sport Worcester to part fund a Disability Sport Development Officer for 3 years and that Cabinet allocate up to £20k of the 2016/17 New Homes Bonus Corporate Plan Priorities allocation to fund the grant; and

 

2.    That Cabinet delegate authority to agree the terms of the grant to the Deputy Director, Cleaner and Greener Service Delivery in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Clean, Green and Leisure Services.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a proposal to award a grant of up to £30,000 to part fund a Disability Sport Development Officer for 3 years.  The Portfolio Holder for Clean, Green and Leisure Services presented the report and explained that it was proposed that the Council would support approximately 40% of the funding for the post, with the remainder coming from fundraising, the University and Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire. £10,000 would be funded from existing budgets, which included a currently agreed small grant of £1.3k, and £20,000 would be allocated from the 2016/17 NHB allocation for years 2 and 3.

 

The Portfolio Holder acknowledged the work of the former Portfolio Holder in bringing forward this initiative.

 

Other Cabinet Members expressed support for the proposal, which would increase and enhance disability sport provision and recreational participation locally.

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet:

 

1.    approve a grant of up to £30k to Disability Sport Worcester to part fund a Disability Sport Development Officer for 3 years and allocate up to £20k of the 2016/17 New Homes Bonus Corporate Plan Priorities allocation to fund the grant; and

 

2.    delegate authority to agree the terms of the grant to the Deputy Director, Cleaner and Greener Service Delivery in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Clean, Green and Leisure Services.

20.

Support for Worcester Play Council pdf icon PDF 93 KB

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES, COUNCILLOR LYNN DENHAM, RECOMMENDS:

1.        That Cabinet allocate up to £40k from the 2016/17 New Homes Bonus Corporate Plan Priorities allocation to provide grant support to Worcester Play Council to develop and deliver play activities within the City from 2016-2019; and

 

2.        That Cabinet delegate authority to agree the terms of the grant to the Deputy Director, Cleaner and Greener Service Delivery in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Sustainable Communities.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the award of a grant of up to £40,000 to develop and deliver play activities within the City from 2016-2019. The Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities presented the report and explained that the grant would fund a part-time Play Development Co-ordinator, to be employed by Worcester Play Council, and also provide funding for play equipment and delivery of play activities.  The grant would be funded from the 2016/17 allocation of New Homes Bonus.

 

Other Cabinet Members and other Members present spoke in support of the proposal, which would help to promote the delivery of fully inclusive play opportunities and would help to address health and well-being inequalities.

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet:

 

1.  allocate up to £40k from the 2016/17 New Homes Bonus Corporate Plan Priorities allocation to provide grant support to Worcester Play Council to develop and deliver play activities within the City from 2016-2019; and

 

2.  delegate authority to agree the terms of the grant to the Deputy Director, Cleaner and Greener Service Delivery in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Sustainable Communities.

21.

Treasury Management Annual Report 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR PERFORMANCE AND RESOURCES, COUNCILLOR JOY SQUIRES, RECOMMENDS:

 

1.    That Cabinet reviews the Treasury Management Annual Report for 2015/16 and consider any action it may wish to take as result of that information; and

 

2.    In line with the CIPFA Code of Practice, Cabinet are asked to endorse the report and refer it to Full Council for information.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the Council’s Treasury Management Annual Report for 2015/16.  The Portfolio Holder for Performance and Resources explained that all performance targets for 2015/16 were achieved.  The Report had been considered by the Performance Management and Budget Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 13th June 2016.  There was no formal feedback on the report from the Committee to Cabinet.  A number of issues were discussed by the Committee, particularly future arrangements for borrowings and investments. Cabinet would consider these issues as part of developing the budgetary framework for 2017/18. 

 

The Cabinet did not identify any action to take as result of the report.

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet endorse the report and refer it to Full Council for information.

22.

Quarter 4 2015/16 Corporate Risk Management Report pdf icon PDF 80 KB

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR PERFORMANCE AND RESOURCES, COUNCILLOR JOY SQUIRES, RECOMMENDS:

 

That Cabinet note the Quarter 4, 2015/16 Corporate Risk Management Report; including the increased risk score for CRO4 and closure of risks CR12 and CR21.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report on the Corporate Risk Register and progress made against the risks for the period January – March 2016. The Portfolio Holder for Performance and Resources presented the report and highlighted the increased risk score for CRO4 and closure of risks CR12 and CR21. The report had been considered by the Audit Committee on 9th June 2016.  There were no specific comments from the Committee to Cabinet in respect of this item.

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet note the Quarter 4, 2015/16 Corporate Risk Management Report; including the increased risk score for CRO4 and closure of risks CR12 and CR21.

23.

Cabinet Responses to Recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 93 KB

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND GROWTH, COUNCILLOR GEOFF WILLIAMS, RECOMMENDS:

 

To approve the responses to recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered responses to the following scrutiny reviews that had been undertaken during 2015-16:

 

        Nature and extent of employment in Worcester City

        Traffic reduction through positive behavioural change activities

        Disability and employment issues.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Economic Prosperity and Growth highlighted some of the main points.  The responses were in accordance with the City Council’s corporate objectives.

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet approve the responses to recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee as set out in Appendix 1.

24.

Reconsideration of Cabinet Decision of 14th June 2016 Relating to In-House Delivery of Cleaner and Greener Services pdf icon PDF 85 KB

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS:

 

That the Cabinet reconsider the following decision of 14th June 2016 relating to In-House Delivery of Cleaner and Greener Services:

 

“That the Cabinet agree to discontinue the procurement process for household waste, recycling, green waste, trade waste, street cleansing and grounds maintenance services.”

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair of Scrutiny was in attendance and presented the report requesting that Cabinet reconsider its decision of 14th June 2016. The Leader of the Council responded to the points that were raised.

 

Having reconsidered the decision it was proposed and seconded and

 

RESOLVED: That the Cabinet agree to implement the decision taken on 14th June 2016.

 

25.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

None.

26.

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.

 

 

27.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association Grant - Key Decision

THE CABINET MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND GROWTH, COUNCILLOR GEOFF WILLIAMS, RECOMMENDS:

 

That Cabinet approve an allocation from New Homes Bonus to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association. 

Minutes:

The Cabinet approved an allocation from New Homes Bonus to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association. 

28.

Urgent Decision

To note an urgent decision taken by the Managing Director.

Minutes:

The Cabinet noted an urgent decision taken by the Managing Director.