Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016 10.00 am

Venue: Blaydon Room - Civic Centre. View directions

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

Items
No. Item

C167

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

C168

Minutes pdf icon PDF 249 KB

Cabinet is asked to approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 9 February 2016

Minutes:

The minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 9 February 2016 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

C169

Capital Programme 2016/17 to 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 385 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Resources

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to recommending the Council to approve the proposed capital programme for the next five years to provide significant levels of strategic investment to deliver priority outcomes within the Council Plan.

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Council be recommended to:

 

 

(i)

Approve the capital programme for 2016/17, and the provisional programmes for 2017/18 and 2020/21, as set out in appendix 2 to the report, subject to external funding approvals being received.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

Note the provisional capital financing for the programme as set out in appendix 3 to the report and delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Corporate Resources to enter into prudential borrowing which is consistent with the requirements of the capital programme and the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy.

 

 

 

 

(iii)

Note the position in relation to additional flexibility regarding the application of capital receipts to fund the revenue costs of transformational projects as set out in appendix 4 to the report and to agree to receive further updates to confirm specific investment plans as part of the capital monitoring reports during the year.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)

To provide significant strategic investment to deliver priority outcomes within the Council Plan

 

 

 

 

(B)

To realise the Council’s policies and objectives in relation to maximising resources available within its capital programme.

 

 

 

 

(C)

To assist with the medium and longer term financial sustainability of the Council.

 

 

C170

Review of Fees and Charges 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 384 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Resources

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Consideration has been given to recommending the Council to approve the level of fees and charges for the Council for 2016/17.

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Council be recommended to:

 

 

 

 

(i)

Approve the detailed fees and charges as set out in appendix 2 to the report.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

Authorise the Strategic Director, Corporate Resources to make any final necessary amendments to correct any errors in the schedule of fees and charges.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made to ensure that fees and charges are set in accordance with Council priorities, which will support the delivery of the Council’s budget and Council Plan outcomes.

 

C171

Budget and Council Tax Level 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Chief Executive and Strategic Director, Corporate Resources

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to recommending to Council the proposed Budget and Council Tax Level for 2016/17 and the prudential indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Statement as set out in the report.

 

RESOLVED- That the following recommendations be madeto theCouncil:

 

(1)          That Gateshead’s Band D council tax for 2016/17 is increased by3.99% to£1,530.03

 

(2)          The revenue estimatesof£198.883m for2016/17 be approved.

 

(3)          That useof £3.971m from the Council’s General Reserve and £0.438m fromthe Public HealthReservebe agreedto mitigatetheimpactof budget proposals in 2016/17.

 

(4)          That theindicativeschoolsfunding presented inAppendix2 be agreed.

 

(5)          That therecommendations of theStrategic Director, CorporateResources in respectoftherobustness of estimatesand adequacyof reserves identified inappendix5 benoted.

 

(6)          That the Prudentialand TreasuryIndicators set out in Appendix 6to thisreport be agreed.

 

(7)          That the methodof calculating the Minimum RevenueProvision(MRP) for2016/17 as set out in Appendix 7be approved.

 

(8)          That the BudgetProposalsfollowing theoutcome ofconsultationin Appendix2 be noted.

 

(9)          That itbe notedthatat its meeting on19January2016, Cabinet calculatedthe following amountsfor theyear2016/17in accordancewithregulationsmadeunder Section 31B(3) of the Local GovernmentFinanceAct 1992 as amended by theLocalismAct 2011:-

 

(a)          50,480.1being the amountcalculated bythe Council, in accordance withregulation3 of the LocalAuthorities (Calculation of CouncilTax Base) (England) Regulations2012,as its Council Tax base for theyear;

 

(b)          1,184.7for LamesleyParishbeing the amount calculated bythe Council, in accordance withregulation6 oftheRegulations, asthe amountofitsCouncil Tax basefor the yearfor dwellings in thosepartsofits area towhichspecial items relate.

 

(10)       That the following amountsbe nowcalculated bythe Councilfor the year2016/17 inaccordance withSections31A,31Band34to 36 of the LocalGovernment Finance Act 1992,as amended by theLocalism Act2011(‘theAct’): -

 

(a)          £574,790,475 being theaggregatetotal of theexpenditure amounts,whichthe Council estimatesfor the items, set outinSection 31A(2)ofthe Act taking into accounttheprecept issued byLamesleyParishCouncil

 

(b)          (£497,545,093) being theaggregatetotal of theincomeamounts,whichthe Council estimate forthe items, set out in Section 31A(3) ofthe Act

 

(c)          £77,245,382being the amountby whichthe aggregateat (a)aboveexceeds the aggregateat (b) above, calculated bythe Council, inaccordancewithSection31A(4) of the Act, as its CouncilTax requirementfor theyear including Lamesley ParishCouncil

 

(d)          £1,530.2145being the amountat (c) above, all dividedby theamountat (9)(a) above, calculated by theCouncil, in accordance withSection31B(1) of the Act, asthebasicamount of its Council Taxfor theyearincluding LamesleyParishCouncil

 

(e)          £9,258.36 being the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C171

C172

Addressing the 'Low Pay' within the Workforce - Impact of the National Living Wage pdf icon PDF 516 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to recommending the Council to approve a revised grading structure that would enable the Council to address the issue of low pay within the workforce, implement the National Living Wage and move further towards the UK Living Wage.

 

 

 

The alternative option to that being recommended, but which was discounted, included lifting the pay of employees on scale point 8 to the new National Living Wage.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the Council be recommended to approve the deletion of scale point 8 from the grading structure with effect from 1 April 2016.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That further reports be submitted on the outcomes of the national pay negotiations and further options to address low pay within the Council’s workforce.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made to go beyond compliance with the National Living Wage as a significant step to addressing low pay within the Council’s workforce in a way which is workable and affordable.

 

C173

Additional Non-Voting Member - Corporate Parenting Sub Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) pdf icon PDF 262 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance and the Interim Strategic Director, Care, Wellbeing and Learning

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to recommending the Council to approve and additional non-voting member being appointed to the Corporate Parenting Sub Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Council be recommended to agree to a member of the Families OSC being appointed as an additional non-voting member of the Corporate Parenting Sub-Committee to increase continuity and cement links between the Sub Committee and the parent Committee.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to improve/strengthen the robustness of the current scrutiny/governance arrangements for the Corporate Parenting Sub–Committee.

 

C174

Adoption and maintenance of sustainable drainage systems, open space and play areas on new developments pdf icon PDF 248 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Communities and Environment

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to recommending the Council to approve the Adoption and maintenance of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), open space and play areas on new developments policy

 

 

 

The alternative maintenance options to that being recommended, but which were discounted, included the Council taking on direct responsibility, the private ownership option and continuation of the current arrangements.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Council be recommended to approve the Adoption and maintenance of sustainable drainage systems, open space and play areas on new developments policy in respect of new residential developments as set out in appendix 2 to the report. 

 

 

 

The above decision has been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To provide a clear maintenance approach to SUDS, open space and play areas for the Local Planning Authority and developers for new development.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To ensure revenue funding for the ongoing maintenance costs of the open space, play areas and SuDS, over the lifetime of new development.

 

 

 

 

(C)

To provide a means of safeguarding the public, as the Council will be the freehold landowner of the open space, play areas and SuDS.

 

 

 

 

(D)

To manage the Council’s resources required to maintain open spaces, play areas and SuDS

 

C175

Restructure of Care, Wellbeing and Learning pdf icon PDF 285 KB

Report of the Interim Strategic Director, Care, Wellbeing

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to recommending the Council to approve a new senior management structure within Care, Wellbeing and Learning.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Council be recommended to approve the new senior management structure within Care, Wellbeing and Learning as set out in appendix 2 to the report, effective from 1 April 2016.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to enable continued improvement in the co-ordination of Council functions, the organisation of its staff, and to enable Council services to be delivered in a more efficient and effective way.

 

C176

Redesign of Care, Wellbeing and Learning (Adult Social Care) pdf icon PDF 305 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to consulting on proposals to create an enhanced in-house enablement function, as part of the redesign of Adult Social Care.  In order to create an enablement function that is effective in maximising independence there will need to be consultation and consideration of moving budget and resource from in-house Domiciliary Care and Independent Supported Living.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That consultation with all stakeholders including employees and service users/carers on the proposals to create an enhanced enablement function by moving budget and resource from in-house Domiciliary Care and Independent Supported Living be approved.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That it be noted that the draft proposals are supported by an Equality Impact Assessment.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to inform the design of an Adult Social Care model that is fit for the future.

 

C177

Primary and Secondary Community, Community Controlled School Admissions Arrangements 2017/18 and Co-ordinated admission schemes for Primary and Secondary Schools for 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 652 KB

Report of the Interim Strategic Director, Care Wellbeing and Learning

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the proposed:

 

·              Community Secondary Schools Admission Policy 2017;

·              Community Secondary Schools Sixth Form Admissions Policy, 2017;

·              Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools Admission Policy, 2017; and

·              Co-ordinated admission schemes for Infant, Junior, Primary schools and Secondary Schools 2017.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Admissions Policy set out in appendix 2 to the report be adopted for September 2017

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the Community Secondary School Admissions Policy and Sixth Form Admissions Policy set out in appendix 3 to the report be adopted for September 2017

 

 

 

 

(iii)

That the approved admissions policies for September 2017 be used as a basis of consultation, if necessary, with schools and others for formulating the relevant admissions policies from September 2018/19 onwards.

 

 

 

 

(iv)

That the approved two co-ordinated admission schemes for Secondary and Infant Junior and Primary schools be adopted for September 2017.

 

 

 

 

(v)

That it be noted that the Planned Admissions Numbers set out in appendices 2 and 3 for all community Secondary and Primary schools are to be adopted by the governing bodies of each school.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made to enable the Council to comply with statutory legislation as it relates to school admissions policies, admission arrangements and co-ordinated admission arrangements.

 

C178

Gateshead's Attendance Strategy 2016-2020 pdf icon PDF 443 KB

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

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the revised Attendance Strategy 2016-2020 which provides an overarching framework to support schools, children, young people and their families in promoting good attendance in schools.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the Attendance Strategy and Penalty Notice-Code of Conduct 2016-20 as set out in appendix 2 to the report be approved.

 

 

 

The above decision has been made to enable the Council and its partners to agree an effective strategy to promote good attendance and address issues of non-attendance in schools and academies in Gateshead.

 

C179

Gateshead Local Plan - Planning Obligation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) pdf icon PDF 314 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Communities and Environment

Additional documents:

C180

Disposal, in principle, of land and buildings at the former West Park Aged Persons' Unit and garages in Meadow Lane, Dunston to Keelman Homes Ltd at less than market value pdf icon PDF 263 KB

Report of the Strategic Directors, Corporate Services and Governance and Corporate Resources

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the disposal of land, the building which was the former West Park Aged Persons’ Unit and nearby garages at Meadow Lane, Dunston to Keelman Homes Ltd at less than market value in accordance with the procedures for such sales agreed by Cabinet on 30 January 2007 (Min.no.C268).

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That the sale of the land and buildings to Keelman Homes Ltd for a consideration that represents less than market value be approved in principle.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance be authorised to negotiate and agree detailed terms for the disposal of the land and buildings to Keelman Homes Ltd which will be the subject of a further report to Cabinet.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made to manage resources and rationalise the Council’s assets in line with the Corporate Asset Strategy and Management Plan.

 

C181

Petitions Schedule pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

C182

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

 

17                                                        3

18                                                        3

Minutes:

RESOLVED -

 

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

 

C183

Award of Contracts to Gateshead Energy Company

Report of the Strategic Director, Communities and Environment

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to awarding the following contracts to the Gateshead Energy Company (GEC):

 

a.      concession contract to manage and operate the Gateshead District Energy Scheme

b.      Heat and power supply contracts to Gateshead Council buildings (including those managed by Gateshead Housing Company)

 

 

 

The alternative options to that being recommended, but which were discounted, included the Council operating the scheme, the existing Trading Company operating the scheme and inviting tenders from other operators.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

(i)

That entering into a long term service concession contract with GEC for the management and operation of Gateshead District Energy Scheme be approved.

 

 

 

 

(ii)

That entering into a long term energy supply agreement with GEC for the supply of heat and power to Council buildings be approved.

 

 

 

 

(iii)

That the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance in consultation with the Strategic Director, Corporate Resources, be authorised to finalise the terms of the service concession contract and energy supply agreements to be awarded to GEC.

 

 

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

 

 

(A)

To allow the Gateshead Town Centre District Energy Scheme to be effectively managed and operated, and to enable the sale of heat and power to third parties on a commercial basis.

 

 

 

 

(B)

To secure long-term, low carbon, discounted heat and power supplies for Council buildings, which will reduce Council energy costs and carbon emissions.

 

C184

Home Care Services Contracts - Living Wage Fee Increase

Report of the Interim Strategic Director, Care, Wellbeing and Learning and Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance