Agenda

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Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Members appointed to attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Committee.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

3.

Public Participation

To receive details of any Members appointed to attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Committee.

 

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 125 KB

Of the meeting held on 20th July 2022 to be approved and signed.

5.

Freedom Leisure - Contract Year 6 Annual Report (April 2021 to March 2022) pdf icon PDF 195 KB

That the Communities Committee notes the content of the Freedom Leisure Annual Report 2021/22, which is due to be presented by members of their senior management team on the evening of the above meeting.

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6.

Setting of the Budget for 2023/24 and MTFP to 2027/28 pdf icon PDF 250 KB

1.     That the Committee note the Budgets for the various services identified for 2022/23; and

 

2.     That the Committee note the progress made in delivering the projects included in the City Plan and City Delivery Fund that are relevant to this Committee and confirms the programme of work resourced.

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7.

Draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeper Strategy 2023-2025 pdf icon PDF 226 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.     Notes the contents of the report and in particular that the current Worcestershire Homelessness and Rough Sleeper Strategy 2019 – 2022 comes to an end in December 2022;

 

2.     Approves a 6-week public consultation exercise to be undertaken on the Draft Worcestershire Homelessness and Rough Sleeper Strategy 2023-2025 (Appendix 1) and the Draft Worcester City Homelessness and Rough Sleeper Action Plan 2023 – 2025 (Appendix 2);

 

3.     Delegates to the Head of Homes and Communities, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of Communities Committee to determine the submission of any proposed changes to the final strategy document and any changes to the action plan, deemed necessary following the review of consultation feedback; and

 

4.     Notes that any final amendments to the strategy and action plan determined in accordance with 1.2 and 1.3 above be recommended to Council for adoption.

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8.

Protection and Engagement - Private Renters pdf icon PDF 132 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.    Notes the contents of the report; and

 

2.  Approves the action plan as set out at Appendix 1.

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9.

Procurement of the Single Person and Childless Couples Homeless Prevention Support Service

That the Committee:

 

1.  Approves the procurement of a 5-year contract for the single homeless and childless couples’ homeless prevention support service with a total annual contract value of £301,500;

 

2.  Recommends to the Policy and Resources Committee that Worcester City Council’s contribution, being £65,646 per annum for the first two years of the contract, be funded from the Homeless Prevention Grant and receive subsequent reports to identify future funding for the rest of the contract term;

 

3.  Delegates authority to the Corporate Director - Operations, Homes and Communities in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of Communities Committee to award the contract to the successful tenderer on behalf of Worcester City Council;

 

4.  Delegates authority to the Corporate Director - Operations, Homes and Communities in consultation with Chair and Vice Chair to grant an extension to the current contract of up to 2 months should it be required for mobilisation of a new provider. 

10.

Procurement of Housing First Service

That the Committee:

 

1.     Approves the procurement of a 5-year contract for the Housing First contract with a total annual contract value of £349,810;

 

2.     Recommends to the Policy and Resources Committee that Worcester City Council’s contribution, being £99,946 per annum for the first two years of the contract, be funded from the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DHLUC) Grant Funding and Homeless Prevention Grant and receive subsequent reports to identify future funding for the rest of the contract term; and

 

3.     Delegates authority to the Corporate Director - Operations, Homes and Communities in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of Communities Committee to award the contract to the successful tenderer on behalf of Worcester City Council.

11.

Asylum Seeker Full Dispersal Scheme pdf icon PDF 259 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.     Notes the contents of this report and in particular, the Government's commitment to reduce and eliminate the use of hotels for asylum seekers by moving to a full dispersal model for asylum accommodation;

 

2.     Instructs Officers to confirm to the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership, the Councils preference to adopt the alternative regional dispersal model proposed by Serco;

 

3.     Instructs Officers to seek agreement from Serco that, within the proposed dispersal model, they will work with partners to, where possible, achieve an equitable distribution across local districts; and

 

4.     Instructs Officers to continue their engagement with SERCO in order to identify locations for full dispersal properties within the City, based on criteria as set out within this report.

12.

Quarter 2 Performance Report for 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 186 KB

That the Communities Committee notes the Council’s quarter 2 performance for 2022/23.

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13.

Any Other Business

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