Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 25th February, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Blaydon Room - Civic Centre. View directions

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

Items
No. Item

C120

Apology for absence

Minutes:

Councillor G Haley

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 313 KB

Cabinet is asked to approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 21 January 2020.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting of the Cabinet held on 21 January 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

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Housing Revenue Account Budget Setting and Housing Capital Programme pdf icon PDF 545 KB

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

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget for 2020/21; the proposed rent changes from 6 April 2020, in line with the Government’s new policy on rent setting; the detailed proposals for the 2020/21 HRA fees and charges; and the proposed Housing Capital Programme for the next five years to 2024/25.

 

RESOLVED -

That the Council be recommended to approve the following:

 

 

(i)         The Housing Revenue Account, as set out in             Appendix 2 to the report, including Gateshead             Housing Company’s management fee, the repairs and             maintenance budget and savings.

 

 

(ii)        The 2.7% rent increase from 6 April 2020, as detailed             in Appendix 3 to the report.

 

 

(iii)       The Housing Revenue Account fees and charges, as             detailed in Appendix 4 to the report.

 

 

(iv)       The Housing Capital Programme for the five years             2020/21 to 2024/25, as set out in Appendix 5 to the report.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)       To set a Housing Revenue Account for 2020/21 that            is not in debt as required under the Local Government         and Housing Act 1989 (Part VI).

 

 

(B)       To realise the Council’s policies and objectives in     relation to the Housing Strategy in order to maintain             and enhance Council housing provision in Gateshead.

 

 

(C)       To assist in the delivery of the Council’s vision for    Gateshead as set out in Making Gateshead a Place            Where Everyone Thrives.

 

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Capital Programme 2020/21 to 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 566 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the proposed Capital Programme for the next five years to continue to provide significant levels of strategic investment to help maintain and deliver financial sustainability and support the Council’s strategic approach to Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives.

 

RESOLVED -

That the Council be recommended to approve the following:

 

 

(i)         The Capital Programme for 2020/21 and the provisional             programmes for 2021/22 to 2024/25, as set out in             Appendix 2 to the report, subject to external funding             approvals being received.

 

 

(ii)        The provisional capital financing for the programme,             as set out in Appendix 3 to the report, and to delegate             authority to the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital to             enter prudential borrowing which is consistent with the             requirement of the Capital Programme and the Council’s             Treasury Management Strategy.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)       To continue to provide significant strategic investment         to deliver the Council’s priority outcomes.

 

 

(B)       To assist with the medium and longer-term financial             sustainability of the Council.

 

 

(C)       To maximise resources available within the Council’s          capital programme to assist in the delivery of the five           key priority areas which underpin the Thrive Agenda.

 

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Fees & Charges 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 518 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the fees and charges for 2020/21.

 

RESOLVED -

That the Council be recommended to approve the following:

 

 

(i)         The fees and charges 2020/21, as set out in             Appendix 2 to the report.

 

 

(ii)        Authorisation for the Strategic Director, Resources and             Digital to make any necessary adjustments to correct any             errors in the schedule of fees and charges.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)       To ensure that the fees and charges are set out in   accordance with Council priorities.

 

 

(B)       To support the delivery of the Council’s budget and the       strategic approach to Making Gateshead a Place     Where Everyone Thrives.

 

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Budget and Council Tax Level 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the proposed Budget and Council Tax level for 2020/21 and the prudential indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Statement as set out in the report.

 

 

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the following recommendations be made to the Council:

 

 

 

 

(1)

That Gateshead’s Band D council tax for 2020/21 is increased by 3.99% (including a 2% adult social care Government charge) to £1,823.91.

 

 

 

 

(2)

The revenue estimates of £220.761 million for 2020/21 be approved.

 

 

 

 

(3)

The budgeted use of £2.498 million Earmarked Reserves in 2020/21 be approved, together with £0.533million previously agreed in the 2019/20 budget report taking the total use of reserves to £3.031 million.

 

 

 

 

(4)

That the indicative schools funding presented in appendix 2 to the report be agreed.

 

 

 

 

(5)

To note the conclusions of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital in respect of the robustness of budget estimates and adequacy of reserves.

 

 

 

 

(6)

That the prudential and treasury indicators, set out in appendix 6 to the report, be agreed.

 

 

 

 

(7)

That the method of calculating the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) for 2020/21, as set out in appendix 7 to the report, be approved.

 

 

 

 

(8)

That the priority investment and savings included in the budget in Appendix 2 to the report be agreed.

 

 

(9)       

 

That the outcome of budget consultation, outlined in Appendix 3 to the report, be noted.

 

 

 

 

(10)

That it be noted that at its meeting on 21 January 2020, Cabinet agreed the following amounts for the year 2020/21 in accordance with regulations made under Section 31B (3) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended by the Localism Act 2011:

 

 

 

 

 

(a)

52,453.6 being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance with regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, as its Council Tax base for the year; and

 

 

 

 

 

(b)

1,213.1 for Lamesley Parish being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance with regulation 6 of the Regulations, as the amount of its Council Tax base for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which special items relate.

 

 

 

 

(11)

That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the year 2020/21 in accordance with Sections 31A,31B and 34 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended by the Localism Act 2011 (‘the Act’):

 

 

 

 

 

(a)

£577,122,334 being the aggregate total of the expenditure amounts, which the Council estimates for the items, set out in Section 31A (2) of the Act taking into account the precept issued by Lamesley Parish Council;

 

 

 

 

 

(b)

(£481,440,320) being the aggregate total of the income amounts, which the Council estimates for the items, set out in Section 31A (3) of the Act;

 

 

 

 

 

(c)

£95,682,014 being the amount by which the aggregate at (a) above exceeds the aggregate at (b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31A (4) of the Act, as its Council Tax requirement for the year including Lamesley Parish Council;

 

 

 

 

 

(d)

£1,824.1267 being the amount at (c) above, all  ...  view the full minutes text for item C125

C126

Gateshead Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020 pdf icon PDF 436 KB

Report of the Director of Public Health and Wellbeing

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Gateshead ‘Good jobs, homes, health and friends’.

 

RESOLVED -

That the Council be recommended to approve and adopt the proposed Gateshead Health and Wellbeing Strategy as part of its policy framework.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)       To ensure the Council is well placed to respond to the             health and wellbeing needs of the Borough, alongside             taking action to tackle increasing health inequalities within             Gateshead.

 

 

(B)       To ensure that the Council and Health and Wellbeing             Board are well placed to meet their responsibilities as             required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and             associated regulations.

 

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Calendar of Meetings 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 275 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the proposed calendar of meetings for 2020/21.

 

RESOLVED -

That the Council be recommended to approve the following:

 

 

(i)         The calendar of meetings for 2020/21, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

 

(ii)        That, as far as possible, meetings should not be held          during school holidays.

 

 

(iii)       That the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and             Governance be authorised, following consultation with the   Leader of the   Council, to make any necessary changes to      the calendar of meetings.

 

The above decisions have been made to assist in the preparation of the Cabinet’s schedule of decisions and to allow councillors and officers to plan commitments in their diaries.

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Implementation of 20mph Speed Limits and Zones as part of the Speed Management Plan pdf icon PDF 249 KB

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

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the implementation of the ongoing work to introduce 20mph zones and speed limits in Gateshead.

 

RESOLVED -

That the revised priorities list for 20mph zones including the committed projects which will be commenced in 2020/21, as indicated in Appendix 3 to the report, be approved, subject to discussions being held between the relevant members and officers to discuss the methodology and criteria used.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)       To assist in the establishment of the speed limit hierarchy   and support the Council’s objectives for road safety, clean air, safer routes to and around schools, walking and            cycling and improvement in the general health of the           population.

 

 

(B)       To make a strong and positive statement about the Council’s continuing commitment to road safety and            improvement of the local environment and health.

 

C129

Family Drug and Alcohol Court Update pdf icon PDF 787 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Children, Adults and Families

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the application to develop a Family Drug and Alcohol Court across Gateshead, Newcastle and North Tyneside.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)         That the Council, acting as lead authority, will host the             Family Drug and Alcohol Court service under the             Independent Reviewing Officer service.

 

 

(ii)        That the funding of £749,573 from the Department for             Education be accepted by the Council to spend on the             implementation and delivery of the Family Drugs and             Alcohol Court service across Gateshead, Newcastle and             North Tyneside.

 

 

(iii)       That any future decisions regarding the implementation of             the service be delegated to the Strategic Director,             Children, Adults and Families.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)       It complements the ambition of the Thrive agenda,   supporting whole family approaches and recovery.

 

 

(B)       To achieve the aims set out in the Thrive Policy       Framework, the Council must provide Gateshead residents             with good quality support and services. This is one way of   enabling Gateshead residents to tackle the problems           they are facing and preventing those problems from            escalating.

 

 

(C)       Longer term benefits of successful reunification accrue to    children and young people in improved life chances, which also positively impact on demand/costs in social care,         health, criminal justice, education and welfare benefits.       There are also several benefits to the parents including       stability within treatment services, improved wellbeing and reductions in other associated issues (community safety     impacts, offending etc).

 

(D)       It complements the recent work of the Police and Crime      Commissioner in directing a preventative agenda focusing on communities and tackling root causes to make a             difference and improve people’s lives.

 

 

(E)       FDAC evaluation has found this intervention was more        effective than ordinary care proceedings in achieving           parental substance misuse cessation and reuniting families at the end of proceedings. It was also more             successful in preventing fresh neglect or re-abuse in           families whose children were returned home.

 

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Primary Community Controlled School Admissions Arrangements and Co-ordinated Admission Schemes for Primary and Secondary Schools for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 772 KB

Report of the Strategic Director, Children, Adults and Families

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the Gateshead school admissions arrangements and the co-ordinated schemes for primary and secondary schools for 2021/22.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)         That the Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary        Admissions Policy, set out in Appendix 2 to the report, be    adopted for September 2021.

 

 

(ii)        That the approved admissions policies for September          2020 are used, as a basis for consultation, if necessary,      with schools and others for formulating the relevant          admissions policies from September 2020/21 onwards.

 

 

(iii)       That the approved two co-ordinated admission schemes     for secondary, infant junior and primary schools, set out in Appendix 3 to the report, be adopted for September 2021.

 

 

(iv)       That the reduction in Colegate Primary School planned       admission number from 45 pupils per year group to 30        pupils for year group from September 2020 be approved.

 

 

(v)        That it be noted that the planned admission numbers, set    out in Appendix 3 to the report, for all community primary    schools will need 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 admission policies, admission arrangements and co-ordinated admission arrangements.

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Nomination of Local Authority Governors pdf icon PDF 231 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 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

Barley Mow Primary School

 

Mrs Hazel Weatherley

18.03.2020

Colegate Community Primary School

Mr Barry Turnbull

25.02.2020

 

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

C132

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Cabinet may wish to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following items in accordance 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.

 

C133

Speculative Office Build 2

Report of the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Design

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the engagement of a contractor to assist the Council in developing the design and a full business case for a new speculative Grade A office development at Baltic Quarter in central Gateshead.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)         That the funding to enable the signing of a preconstruction services delivery agreement with Wilmott Dixon via the        SCAPE Major Works Framework and the Council costs,            for the development of the new office accommodation, up   to Cabinet approval of the final business case be     approved, as set out in the report.

 

 

(ii)        That the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation      and Growth be given delegated authority, in consultation     with the Strategic Directors, Corporate Services and          Governance and Resources and Digital, to agree the final   terms, scope and costs of the delivery agreement and         contracts.

 

 

(iii)       That a further report be received setting out the updated     business case and subsequent recommendations    regarding the development.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)       To support the delivery of the Thrive pledge to invest in our             economy to provide sustainable opportunities for     employment, innovation and growth across the borough, to             provide more and better jobs.

 

 

(B)       To facilitate further development in one of Gateshead’s       primary employment areas – Baltic Quarter.

 

 

(C)       To provide Grade A office accommodation to meet demand for move-on office space in Gateshead and            Newcastle.

 

(D)       To create an income generating asset for the Council,         expected to deliver a profit over its lifetime.

 

 

(E)       To give confidence to the market that the Council, as a        corporate body, is committed to creating the right     environment in which businesses can grow and prosper      and assist in the process of driving rents upwards to a         level at which the private sector can re-enter the market.

 

 

(F)       To demonstrate that the Council, as a developer, can          deliver a distinctive and high quality product to the market, establishing the Gateshead Quays/Baltic Quarter as a         viable business location of choice for end users.

 

C134

North East Business and Innovation Growth Fund

Report of the Acting Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Design

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to the submission of a full application for funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to deliver a project that will promote economic growth and job creation through the provision of a grant fund for businesses.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)         That the submission of an application to the Ministry of             Housing, Communities and Local Government for ERDF             funding by the Acting Strategic Director, Economy,             Innovation and Growth, in consultation with the Strategic             Directors, Resources and Digital and Corporate Services             and Governance, be approved.

 

 

(ii)        That subject to Ministry of Housing, Communities and             Local Government approval, the Acting Strategic Director,             Economy, Innovation and Growth be authorised to accept             the funding, following consultation with the Strategic             Directors, Resources and Digital and Corporate Services             and Governance, and to approve the subsequent delivery             of the project.

 

 

(iii)       That the Council enter into an appropriate legally binding             agreement, the form of which is to be approved by the             Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance,             with Umi Commercial Limited as delivery partner.

 

 

(iv)       That the Council enter into an appropriate agreement, the             form of which is to be approved by the Strategic Director,             Corporate Services and Governance, with South Tyneside             Council and Sunderland City Council as strategic partners.

 

The above decisions have been made for the following reasons:

 

 

(A)       To maximise opportunities for economic growth and job      creation in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland      local authority areas.

 

 

(B)       To maximise opportunities to secure external funding to      deliver strategic priorities.

 

C135

Provision of Financial Support

Report of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital

 

Minutes:

Consideration has been given to details of financial support provided to an organisation, under a delegated decision by the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital, in consultation with the Leader and Deputy Leader.

 

RESOLVED -

(i)         That the decision taken by the Strategic Director,     Resources and Digital under delegated powers, as set out in the report, be endorsed.

 

 

(ii)        That the Council’s poverty lead officer be nominated onto    the board of the organisation.

 

The above decisions have been made to ensure the organisation’s compliance with the Prudential Regulation Authority.