Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 7th February, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Blaydon Room - Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Kevin Ingledew Email:  keviningledew@gateshead.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

C174

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors L Green and M McNestry.

 

C175

Minutes pdf icon PDF 487 KB

Cabinet is asked to approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 24 January 2017.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting held on 24 January 2017 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

C176

Tenders for the Supply of Goods and Services pdf icon PDF 280 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to tenders received for the supply of goods and services.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the tender from Treatment Solutions, Whitley Bay be accepted for the contract for the Provision of Corporate Physiotherapy Services for a 24 month period commencing 1March 2017 with the option to extend for a further 2 x 12 month periods.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the tender from Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (NCVS) be accepted for the contract for the Provision of Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) and Independent (Care Act) Advocacy Services for a 24 month period commencing 1st April 2017 with the option to extend for a further 2 x 12 month periods.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made because a comprehensive evaluation of the tenders received has been undertaken and the approved tenders are the most economically advantageous tenders submitted.

 

C177

External Auditor Appointments Beyond 1 April 2018 pdf icon PDF 243 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Resources

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to recommending the Council to approve the proposed arrangement for appointing an external auditor for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2018.

 

 

 

The alternative options to that being recommended, but which were discounted, included making a standalone appointment or joining with other local authorities to set up a Joint Independent Auditor Appointment Panel / local joint procurement arrangements.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Council be recommended to approve the proposal to opt-in to a national sector led body that will undertake the appointment of an external auditor on behalf of the Council.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To ensure the Council can make the necessary arrangements for the appointment of external auditors for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2018 in compliance with the requirements of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

 

 

 

 

(B)

The agreed option is considered to be the optimum arrangement for the achievement of value for money and deliverability.

 

C178

Response to Consultation pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Report of the Acting Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to a response to a recent government consultation.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the response to the following consultation be endorsed:

 

 

 

 

 

·         Funding Support for Supported Housing – Department for Communities & Local Government and Department of Works & Pensions.

 

The above decision has been made to enable the Council to contribute a response to the consultation.

 

C179

Sexual Health Strategy pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Director of Public Health

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the Sexual Health Strategy for Gateshead.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the Sexual Health Strategy for Gateshead as set out in appendix 2 to the report be approved.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the Health and Wellbeing Board be requested to monitor progress on the Strategy’s implementation.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To determine a clear set of priorities for sexual health in Gateshead across the partners.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To focus and co-ordinate efforts to improve sexual health.

 

C180

Proposal for Increase to Hackney Carriage Fare Maxima pdf icon PDF 269 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Communities and Environment

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the request by the Director of a local taxi company for an increase in the maximum fares that can be charged for hackney carriage journeys in the Borough.

 

 

 

The alternative recommendation to that being recommended, but which was discounted, included a statutory process of advertisement and referral back to Cabinet of any objections.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That consultation with the Hackney Carriage trade and more widely including a notice in the press on the request for an increase in the maximum fares that can be charged for hackney carriage journeys in the Borough be approved.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the outcome of the consultation together with the current hackney carriage fare formula which was approved by Cabinet on 27 January 2004 be considered by a Policy Advisory Group and advice and recommendations from this to be included in a further report to Cabinet.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to give due consideration to the request and to review the current fare formula to ensure it is still fit for purpose.

 

C181

Nomination of Local Authority School Governors and Re-appointment of an Academy Governor pdf icon PDF 269 KB

Report of the Interim Strategic Director, Care, Wellbeing and Learning

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the nomination of local authority governors and the re-appointment of an academy governor.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the following nominations of local authority governors and the re-appointment of an academy governor be approved for a period of four years from the dates indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

·         Glynwood Primary – Cllr J Lee with effect from 12 April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

·         Parkhead Primary – Cllr J Simpson with effect from 16 April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

·         Lord Lawson Academy – Mr Peter DeVere with effect from 12 February 2017.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That it be noted the terms of office are determined by the School’s Instrument of Government and the Academy’s Articles of Association.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made to ensure the School Governing Bodies and Academy have full membership.