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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 226 KB

Of the meeting held on 2nd November 2022 to be approved and signed.

5.

Annual Citizen Housing Update pdf icon PDF 205 KB

That the Committee notes the contents of this report.

6.

Setting of the Budget for 2023/24 and Medium Term Financial Plan to 2027/28 pdf icon PDF 202 KB

1.   That the Committee notes the proposed Budgets for the various services identified for 2023/24;

 

2.   That the Committee considers the priorities within each service and recommends any change for the services’ Budgets;

 

3.   That the Committee considers the services’ Capital programme and future projects and recommends any changes or additions;

 

4.   That the Committee reviews any new budget proposals from members and makes recommendations to Policy and Resources Committee as appropriate.

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7.

Review of Funding Arrangement - Worcester Play Council pdf icon PDF 235 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.   Notes the contents of the report and in particular, the work undertaken to review the outcomes delivered by funding provided to Worcester Play Council by this Council;

 

2.   Approves funding of £15,000 to Worcester Play Council for 2023/24, to be taken from the 2023/24 Community Grants Fund, for the delivery of play sessions as part of the Fun Squad holiday activity programme; and

 

3.   Notes that a further report will be presented to this Committee during 2023/24 to present options for how the Council may wish to enable community play and activity to be funded for 2024/25 and beyond.

 

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8.

Worcester Community Trust - Annual Update Report pdf icon PDF 354 KB

That the Committee:

 

1. Notes the contents of this report and in particular:

a)  Worcester Community Trust presentation on progress in delivering year 1 their Strategic plan 2021-26 at Appendix 1

b)  Worcester Community Trust presentation on their approach to future delivery and draft business plan 2023-26 at Appendix 1 and 2.

c)   Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 March 2022 for Worcester Community Trust at Appendix 3; and

 

2.Approves the continuation of the existing arrangement that the Council bears 75% of the costs of maintenance and service charges at each of the 6 community hubs, reducing in line with the WCT Draft Business Plan proposal 2023 -26.

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9.

Management of Freedom Leisure Contract 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 427 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.Notes the contents of this report and in particular the additional £585,000 unbudgeted costs associated with operating the contract during 2023/24, primarily relating to energy;

 

2.Notes the findings of the Leisure Contract Options Appraisal undertaken by Sports & Leisure Consultancy as set out in this report and within Private Appendix 1;

 

3.Approves £40,000 annual cost reduction measures as specified at Appendix 1 for implementation as of 1st April 2023;

 

4.Recommends to Policy & Resources Committee a capital allocation of £550,000 to undertake energy efficiency works as specified within this report, and included at Appendix 2;

 

5.Notes that a further report setting out a full and detailed business case for the capital investment referred to in recommendation 1.4 will be presented back to this Committee in June 2023;

 

6.Recommends the draft Freedom Leisure Fees & Charges 2023/24 for approval to Income Management Committee, included at Appendix 3;

 

7.Recommends to Policy & Resources Committee the approval of up to £315,000 in financial support for 2023/24 to Freedom Leisure which has been built into the draft budget for 2023/24;

 

8.Notes that open book account meetings will continue to be held in order to reconcile the level of financial support required by Freedom Leisure, up to the maximum value specified in recommendation 1.7.

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10.

Draft Worcestershire Housing Strategy 2021-2040 pdf icon PDF 342 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.     Notes the contents of the report, and in particular the Draft Worcestershire Housing Strategy 2021 – 2040 at Appendix 1;

 

2.   Approves the undertaking of an 8-week public consultation exercise to be undertaken on the Draft Worcestershire Housing Strategy 2021- 2040;

 

3.   Delegates authority to the Corporate Director (Operations, Homes and Communities), in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of Communities Committee to consider consultation feedback provided, and agree any proposed changes that should be communicated back to the Worcestershire Housing Board for further consideration;

 

4.   Notes that if no changes are proposed following the review of consultation feedback, that the Draft Worcestershire Housing Strategy 2021 – 2040 be recommended to Council for adoption.

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11.

Quarter 3 Performance Report For 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 186 KB

That the Communities Committee notes the Council’s quarter 3 performance for 2022/23.

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12.

Any Other Business

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

13.

Items Involving the Disclosure of Exempt Information

The Committee are 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 item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

PART II

(ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND DECISION IN PRIVATE)

14.

Management of Freedom Leisure Contract 2023/24

That the Committee notes the findings of the Leisure Contract Options Appraisal undertaken by Sports & Leisure Consultancy as set out in the private Appendix 1 to the report at agenda item 9 and the outcome of the shadow bid as set out in private Appendix 2 to the report.

 

Exempt – not for publication because the item contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).