Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 21st January, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Blaydon Room - Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Mike Aynsley Email:  michaelaynsley@gateshead.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

C108

Minutes pdf icon PDF 306 KB

Cabinet is asked to approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 17 December 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting of the Cabinet held on 17 December 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

C109

2019 Statutory Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places pdf icon PDF 283 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the outcome of the statutory review of polling districts and polling places.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That the proposals for changes to polling district boundaries and the situation of polling places be adopted in full, subject to the following amendments:

 

·         The polling place at St Mary’s School to be moved to 1st Whickham Scouts, Park Drive, Whickham (Dunston Hill and Whickham East Ward).

·         The polling place at Glynwood Primary School to be moved to St John’s Church, Gateshead Fell, Sheriff Hill (High Fell Ward).

·         The reference in the report to Beacon Lough East be changed to Beacon Lough Baptist Church (High Fell Ward).

 

 

(i)            That these changes come into force on 31 January 2020 to coincide with the publication of the 2020 revised register of electors for Gateshead.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)To comply with the requirements of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 and the Electoral Registration Act 2013.

 

(B)To ensure that the electors of the Borough are afforded reasonable and practicable facilities for voting.

 

(C)To ensure that, so far as is practicable and reasonable, polling places are accessible to all electors, including those who are disabled.

 

C110

Capital Programme and Prudential Indicators 2019/20 – Third Quarter Review pdf icon PDF 288 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the latest position on the 2019/20 capital programme and Prudential Indicators at the end of the third quarter to 31 December 2019.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That Council be recommended to agree all variations to the 2019/20 capital programme, as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report, as the revised programme.

 

 

(ii)          That Council be recommended to agree the financing of the revised programme.

 

 

(iii)         That it be confirmed to Council that the capital expenditure and capital financing requirement indicators have been revised in line with the revised budget and that none of the approved Prudential Indicators set out for 2019/20 have been breached.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)To ensure optimum use of the Council’s capital resources in 2019/20.

 

 

(B)To accommodate changes to the Council’s in-year capital expenditure plans.

 

 

(C)To ensure that performance has been assessed against the approved Prudential Limits.

 

C111

Revenue Budget - Third Quarter Review 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 264 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the latest monitoring position on the 2019/20 revenue budget at the end of the third quarter.

 

RESOLVED -

That the Council’s revenue expenditure position at the end of the third quarter, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be noted.

 

The above decision has been made to contribute to sound financial management and the long-term financial sustainability of the Council

C112

Council Tax Base and Business Rates Forecast 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 312 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the Council Tax Base for 2020/21 for the Parish of Lamesley and the whole of the Borough of Gateshead.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That pursuant to this report and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992, as amended by the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by Gateshead Council as its council tax base for the year 2020/21 shall be 52453.6.

 

 

(ii)          That pursuant to this report and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992, as amended by the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated as being the Parish Council of Lamesley council tax base for the year 202/21 shall be 1213.1.

 

 

(iii)         That the business rates forecast for 2020/21 is £43.114m.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)To assist the Council in its financial planning and budget setting.

 

 

(B)To set a council tax base and a business rates forecast for 2020/21 in accordance with statutory requirements.

 

C113

Base Revenue Budget 2020-25 pdf icon PDF 297 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to an indicative five-year base revenue budget that will provide the basis for supporting delivery of the Council’s Thrive objectives.

 

RESOLVED -

That the indicative five-year revenue estimates prior to investment and recommissioning be approved, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)To contribute to the good financial management practice of the Council.

 

 

(B)To assist the financial sustainability of the Council over the medium to long term.

 

C114

Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives - Six-Month Assessment of Performance and Delivery 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 957 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the six-month assessment of performance and delivery report for 2019/20 in respect of the Council’s Thrive agenda.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That the recommendations of all of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committees in their consideration of the 2019/20 six-month performance reports be approved.

 

 

(ii)          That it be confirmed that the Council has met its performance objectives and is addressing the outcomes in delivering the Council’s Thrive agenda.

 

 

(iii)         That it be noted that the performance management framework is being reviewed to ensure corporate performance both informs and guides the effective alignment of available resources to support delivery of the strategic Thrive agenda and Council priorities.

 

The above decisions have been made to ensure performance supports the delivery and achievements of Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives.

C115

Strategic Review of Advice, Information, Guidance and Advocacy pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the findings of the advice, information, guidance and advocacy provision in Gateshead.

 

RESOLVED -

That the implementation of the recommendations arising from the strategic review, as set out in the report, be approved.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)To achieve the aims set out in the Thrive Policy Framework, Gateshead residents must be provided with good quality, accessible advice, information, guidance and advocacy which is essential to enabling them to tackle the problems they are facing and preventing those problems from escalating.

 

 

(B)Data shows that people’s problems including those in poor health, mental illness, obesity, drug addiction, unequal opportunities, poorer wellbeing for children, violence and imprisonment are more common in unequal societies.

 

(C)National and international research shows that narrowing the gap of inequality would result in people living longer, healthier and happier lives and will help Gateshead people to Thrive. Advice, information, guidance and advocacy can be a powerful antidote to inequality.

 

 

(D)The difference advice, information, advocacy and guidance can make on individual lives also impacts positively on the whole of society as well as the public purse.

 

C116

Gateshead Thrive Fund 2019/20 Applications pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the recommendations of the Gateshead Thrive Fund Advisory Group for applications to the main fund.

 

RESOLVED -

That the recommendations of the Gateshead Thrive Fund Advisory Group from 20 November 2019, as set out in Appendices 2 and 3 of the report, be approved.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)To ensure that the Gateshead Thrive Fund is used to maximise benefits to local communities and is managed effectively.

 

 

(B)To build capacity and sustainability in voluntary and community organisations in Gateshead.

 

C117

Nomination of Local Authority School Governors pdf icon PDF 255 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Children, Adults and Families

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the nomination of local authority governors to schools in accordance with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations.

 

RESOLVED -

That the nominations for re-appointment of local authority governors to the schools listed below, for a four year period, as determined by the Schools’ Instrument of Government, from the date indicated be approved.

 

School

Nomination

Date From

Fell Dyke Community Primary School

 

Councillor Jennifer Reay

13.03.2020

Lingey House Primary School

 

Councillor Jennifer Reay

10.03.2020

Wardley Primary School

Councillor Rosy Oxberry

03.03.2020

 

The above decisions have been made to ensure the school governing bodies have full membership.

C118

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Cabinet may wish to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining items in accordance with Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

RESOLVED -

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the remaining business in accordance with Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

C119

Keelman Homes Empty Homes Programme

Report of the Strategic Director, Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities and Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to an update on Keelman Homes forward plan for affordable homes provision in Gateshead.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)            That the provision of a loan facility to Keelman Homes, on the basis set out in the report, be approved.

 

           

(ii)          That the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital be given delegated authority to finalise the loan agreements with Keelman Homes.

 

The above decisions have been made to support the initiative to bring long term empty properties back into use as affordable homes.