Agenda

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Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Member nominated to attend the meeting in place of a Member of the Committee.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

3.

Public Representations

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.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Of the meeting held on 26th July 2022 to be approved and signed.

5.

Minutes of Income Generation Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 27th July 2022.

6.

Cost of Living Task & Finish Group - Update Report pdf icon PDF 223 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.   Notes the work undertaken by the Cost of Living Task and Finish Group to date;

 

2.   Approves the allocation of funding of £20,000 from the Council’s Hardship Fund to Citizens Advice Worcester to provide increased staff capacity in order to manage increase in demand associated with the cost of living crisis;

 

3.   Approves an extension until 30 September 2022 that eligible households can draw down the 4 weeks of free school meals support previously approved via Managing Director Urgency Powers; and

 

4.   Delegates to the Corporate Director – Operations, Housing and Communities, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chairs of the Committee, the option to award funding of up to £107,500 from the Hardship Fund to deliver further periods of free school meal provision during school holiday periods up until March 2023, where no such alternative provision is put in place.

7.

Future High Street Fund - Performance Arts Venue pdf icon PDF 323 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.   approves the submission of a planning application for the new Performance Arts Venue, comprising the former Corn Exchange and Scala Theatre and the Angel Place public conveniences;

 

2.   authorises officers to commence a procurement process to seek a construction partner to deliver the new Performance Arts Centre;

 

3.   approves the acquisition of a long leasehold interest in 6 Angel Place to support the delivery of the new Performance Arts Centre with terms delegated to the Corporate Director – Finance & Resources in collaboration with the Chair and Vice Chairs of this Committee;

 

4.   authorises officers to explore additional funding routes to meet the costs of the delivery of the new Performance Arts Centre;

 

5.   notes that a further report will be brought to Committee for final decisions on the construction contract and funding package early next year; and

 

6.   notes the plans for continuing the dialogue with community arts representatives regarding the future of the Swan Theatre.

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8.

Freedom Leisure Contract Update - Rising Cost Pressures pdf icon PDF 316 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.   Notes the contents of this report and in particular the increased costs faced by Leisure Operators across the UK linked to inflation and energy supply;

 

2.   Approves financial support up to a maximum value of £255,000, to be taken from the Business Rates Risk Reserve, to cover additional energy costs for the period 1st October 2022 – 31st March 2023, to be paid monthly in arrears via a fully open-book process; and

 

3.   Notes that a full options appraisal and recommendations for operations and future funding will be presented to the Committee as part of the budget-setting process.

9.

Process and Timetable for Preparation of Budget 2023/24 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2023/24 -2027/28 pdf icon PDF 231 KB

That the Committee approves the proposed process and timetable for preparing the Budget and Medium Term Financial Plan.

10.

Outline Proposals for Annual Survey 2022 pdf icon PDF 577 KB

That the Committee approves the proposed annual survey and consultation timetable for 2022.

11.

Any Other Business

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