Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This is a virtual meeting. Please click here to access the meeting.

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

Items
No. Item

C12

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence has been received from Councillor B Oliphant.

C13

Minutes pdf icon PDF 290 KB

Cabinet is asked to approve as a correct record the minutes of the last meeting held on 14 July 2020.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting held on 14 July 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

C14

Capital Programme and Prudential Indicators 2020/21 – 1st Quarter Review pdf icon PDF 305 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the latest position on the 2020/21 capital programme and prudential Indicators at the end of the first quarter to 30 June 2020.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the Council be recommended to agree all variations to the 2020/21 Capital Programme as detailed in appendix 2 to the report as the revised programme.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the financing of the revised programme be recommended to Council for approval.

 

 

 

 

(iii)

That the Council be recommended to note that Cabinet confirms 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 for 2020/21 have been breached.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To ensure the optimum use of the Council’s capital resources in 2020/21.

 

 

 

 

(B)

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

 

 

 

 

(C)

To ensure performance has been assessed against the approved Prudential Limits.

 

C15

Revenue Budget - First Quarter Review 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 301 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the latest position on the 2020/21 revenue budget at the end of the first quarter, including impacts of the global pandemic.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the Council’s revenue expenditure position at the end of the first quarter, as set out in appendices 1 and 2 to the report be noted.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the Council be recommended to approve an amendment to the net revenue budget for 2020/21 from £220.761m to £238.071m as presented in appendix 2 to the report, to account for the additional better care, public health and COVID emergency grant funding. 

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made to contribute to the sound financial management and the long-term financial sustainability of the Council.

 

C16

Housing Delivery Test Action Plan pdf icon PDF 358 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the new Housing Delivery Test Action Plan.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the content of the Action Plan as set out in appendix 2 to the report be approved.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth, following consultation with the relevant Cabinet Member, be authorised to make any minor changes to the Action Plan and 

publish the Action Plan and submit it to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) if necessary.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To increase the amount of new housing delivered in the Borough to meet Local Housing Need and in line with the Core Strategy.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To publish an action plan in accordance with paragraph 75 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

 

C17

Proposals for School Term Dates 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 294 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Children, Adults and Families

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the proposed school term dates for 2021/22.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the school term dates for 2021/22 as set out in appendix 2 to the report be approved.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to allow future planning to take place and to make effective and efficient use of resources.

 

C18

Nominations of Local Authority School Governors pdf icon PDF 230 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 2012.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the nominations for 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

 

Kelvin Grove               Councillor R Waugh       06.11.2020

Primary School

 

Ryton Infant and         Councillor A Geddis        09.11.2020

Junior Schools

Federation

 

 

 

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

 

C19

Delivering the Armed Forces Covenant in Gateshead pdf icon PDF 245 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the proposal for the Council to offer veterans a guaranteed interview where they meet the essential criteria for a post and also to the proposal to provide uniformed Adult Cadet Forces Volunteers for the Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps two weeks paid leave to attend their annual summer training camp.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the Council offering veterans a guaranteed interview scheme where they meet the essential criteria for a post be approved.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the Council providing uniformed Adult Cadet Forces Volunteers for the Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps with two weeks paid leave to attend their annual summer training camps be approved.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To support the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant in Gateshead.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To support the Thrive Agenda and the aims of the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

 

C20

Appointment to the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Strategic Board pdf icon PDF 248 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to an appointment of a member to the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Strategic Board.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That Councillor L Kirton be appointed to the “rotating member” position on the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Strategic Board for the period up to 31 August 2021.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to ensure that the Council has full representation on the Strategic Board.

 

C21

Delegated Decisions Taken by Officers pdf icon PDF 391 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the delegated decisions taken by officers in

accordance with Cabinet minute C150 - 2019/20.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the delegated decisions taken by officers in accordance

with Cabinet minute C150 – 2019/20 as set out in appendix 1 to the report be noted.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to ensure openness and transparency with the decisions made by officers.

 

C22

Petitions Schedule pdf icon PDF 245 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to an update on petitions submitted to the Council and the action taken on them.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the petitions received and action taken on them be noted.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to inform the Cabinet of the progress of the petitions.

 

C23

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Cabinet may wish to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item(s) on the grounds indicated:

 

Item                                                     Paragraph of Schedule 12A to the Local                                                                   Government Act 1972

 

13                                                        3

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.

 

C24

Gateshead Council Trading Companies Operational and Financial Performance 2019/20

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to an update on the current trading activity undertaken through subsidiaries wholly owned by the Council for the period 2019/20. 

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That company activity to date including the contribution to Council Thrive priorities is noted.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the entering into a settlement with Gateshead Trading Company for the additional costs in respect of the former Derwentside APU (Woodhouse Mews) housing development, as set out in the report be approved.

 

 

 

 

(iii)

That a further annual report be submitted to Cabinet in 2021 covering the 2020-21 performance of the Council’s wholly owned trading companies.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To contribute to the sound governance, operational and financial management of the Council’s wholly owned subsidiary companies.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To support the delivery of homes in Gateshead, including affordable, which contribute to achievement of Thrive priorities.

 

 

 

 

(C)

To assist effective financial and performance oversight and awareness of all Council activity, regardless of delivery model.