Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Room 10

Contact: Joanne Griffiths MBE  Tel: 01744 673219

Media

Items
No. Item

10.

Apology for Absence

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Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Bell

11.

Minutes of the meeting held on 12 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

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Minutes:

*           Resolved that the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 12 June 2019 be approved and signed.

12.

Declarations of Interest from Members

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Minutes:

 

Item

Title

Member(s)

Interest

4c

Scrutiny Review of Collection of Council Tax Arrears

Councillor Bond

Declared a Personal, Non-Pecuniary Interest in the item

6

Rugby League World Cup 2021 – Host St Helens

Councillor Burns

Declared a Personal, Non-Pecuniary Interest in the item

 

13.

Issues Arising from Overview and Scrutiny

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13a

Cabinet Response to the Scrutiny Review of Kershaw Day Centre pdf icon PDF 72 KB

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Minutes:

Councillor Quinn presented a report in response to a Scrutiny Review of Kershaw Day Centre which had been undertaken by the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

(1)       the report be noted; and

 

(2)      the action plan attached at Appendix 1 be approved and presented by the Cabinet Member, Adult Social Care and Health to the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

13b

Cabinet Response to the Scrutiny Review of Home Care Visits pdf icon PDF 90 KB

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Minutes:

Councillor Quinn presented a report in response to a Scrutiny Home Care Visits which had been undertaken by the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

(1)       the report be noted; and

 

(2)       the action plan attached at Appendix 1 be approved and presented by the Cabinet Member, Adult Social Care and Health to the Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

 

Councillor McCauley here entered the meeting.

 

Councillor Banks here left the meeting.

13c

Scrutiny Review of Collection of Council Tax Arrears pdf icon PDF 51 KB

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Minutes:

A report was presented by Councillor Charlton which set out the findings of a Scrutiny Review of Collection of Council Tax Arrears which had been undertaken by the Audit and Financial Monitoring Overview & Scrutiny Panel.

 

Councillor Charlton reported that the Overview and Scrutiny Commission considered this report at its meeting held on 15 July 2019. During the meeting a question was raised about what definition of ‘vulnerable person’ the Task Group used during the review.  In the report the Task Group identified that the various bodies involved in the review had their own definitions of vulnerable. While the Task Group made recommendations about what should be done when a person is identified as vulnerable; the Scrutiny Commission felt that a recommendation should be added to “consider the development of a shared definition of a ‘vulnerable person’”. Therefore, Commission had requested that this additional recommendation also be submitted for consideration and response alongside the Task Group’s other recommendations.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

(1)           the report be noted;

 

(2)           an additional recommendation be added to consider the development of a shared definition of a “vulnerable person”and

 

            (3)      a report and action plan in response to the recommendations

                      be submitted to a future meeting of Cabinet.

13d

Scrutiny Review of the Outcome of Focused Visit 2018 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

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Minutes:

A report was presented by Councillor Charlton which set out the findings of a Scrutiny Review of the Outcome of Focussed Visit 2018 which had been undertaken by the Children and Young People’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

           (1)       the report be noted; and

 

           (2)       a report and action plan in response to the recommendations

                      be submitted to a future meeting of Cabinet.

 

Councillor Charlton here left the meeting.

14.

Financial Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 672 KB

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Minutes:

A report was submitted which provided an update on the position of the Council in respect of the general fund revenue budget for 2019/20 and progress in delivering the capital programme.

 

The report was prepared excluding any financial implications that may arise from other agenda items being considered by Cabinet at this meeting.

 

The main elements of the report are contained in the attached commentary on the Council's Financial Position.

 

Section           Content

 

1         Summary Revenue Budget

2         Implementation of 2019/20 Savings Proposals

3         Capital Programme 2019/20 to 2021/22

4         Reserves and Balances

5         Other Financial Monitoring issues

 

*          Resolved that:

 

(1)            the revised Revenue Budget for 2019/20 as detailed in Section 1 be approved;

 

(2)             the latest forecast revenue position for 2019/20 as detailed in Section 1 be noted;

 

(3)             the revised Capital Programme as detailed in Section 3 be approved; and

 

(4)             the latest Reserves and Balances position be noted.

 

Councillor McCauley declared a personal, non-pecuniary interest in the following item and in accordance with the Code of Conduct remained in the meeting, took part in discussion and voted thereon.

15.

Rugby League World Cup 2021 - Host St Helens pdf icon PDF 134 KB

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A report was submitted which detailed that at its meeting held on 30 May 2018 Cabinet approved proposals to submit a bid to become a host for the Rugby League World Cup 2021. The bid was one of 40 bids that were submitted and was one of 18 that were subsequently shortlisted.

 

Cabinet were informed that in January 2019 the Organisers announced that St Helens was one of 16 venues chosen to host World Cup matches. This was followed in May 2019 with the announcement that the Borough would also host two training camps for nations in the Men’s Tournament. 

 

From the outset, the Council had recognised both the economic and social benefits that becoming a host for this international event could bring. The launch by the Rugby League of the “Createdby” Fund presented the Borough with a unique opportunity for the Council to improve the community game. To do this it is necessary for the Council to establish a similar Legacy Fund which would provide the match funding required for projects seeking “Createdby” funding to provide new equipment, improve existing and to create new facilities for the Community Game across the Borough. Council officers had met with officials from both the Rugby Football League and St Helens RL Foundation to identify potential projects. This portfolio was being developed using the 2016 Playing Pitch Strategy and current participation data. The ambition would be to deliver at least one project in each of the 11 Clubs in the Borough between 2019 and 2021. Initial discussions with funders had indicated that, subject to the submission of viable funding bids, they would be in a position to support projects with a total value of £1 million. This would require the Council to commit up to £500k of matched funding to realise this investment.

 

The emerging portfolio of projects included:

 

          Improvements to grass pitches;

          Improvements to changing rooms;

          Clubs taking ownership of facilities;

          Improved access and spectator facilities; and

          Equipment purchase.

 

The Cabinet was informed that the decision was a Key Decision and details had been published in accordance with the provisions within the Constitution.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

(1)       an agreement be entered into with the Rugby League World Cup 2021 to host three men’s tournament matches and accommodate two national teams training camps; and

 

(2)       £500,000 be contributed from the Community Improvement Reserve to establish a RLWC2021 – St Helens Legacy fund to be used as match funding for bids to the “Createdby” RLWC2021 Legacy Fund.

16.

Availability of Council Services - Christmas 2019 pdf icon PDF 92 KB

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A report was submitted which informed Cabinet that for 16 years, from Christmas

1992 until 2008, St Helens Council closed down between Christmas and New Year,

requiring employees to take annual leave or flexileave during this period. The actual

days affected varied from year to year, dependent on the days of the week on which

Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day fell.

          

In December 2009, this arrangement was terminated, and since this time, all

departments had been required to provide staff cover during this period, with

individual working arrangements ensuring an appropriate level of cover.

 

The proposal in this report would reintroduce elements of the previous arrangement,

whereby specified Council services were not available over the Christmas period.

 

This proposal was based on the understanding that in the period from 25 December 2019 until 2 January 2020, requests for the majority of Council services decrease significantly compared with normal working days, and therefore the impact on the public would likely be minimal. The decision would also be taken on the understanding that a rationalisation of services would lead to savings in the associated accommodation costs (heating, lighting, Public Building Assistant costs, Cleaning charges, etc).

 

Based on an evaluation of the effects of the proposal, similar rationalisation of

services may take place in subsequent Christmas/New Year periods with the actual

dates of the closures being determined annually.

 

Details of a proposed working pattern was listed in the report.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

(1)       the availability of Council services over the Christmas period from Tuesday 24 December 2019 until Thursday 2 January 2020 be agreed;

 

(2)       amended working arrangements be implemented for those services required to be operational over this period; and

 

(3)       services be rationalised to achieve cost savings and signpost to services where appropriate. 

17.

Performance Outturn Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 198 KB

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Minutes:

A report was submitted which provided Cabinet with an overview of performance in relation to each of the Council’s Portfolios and to indicate potential action required to address any identified concerns in relation to performance or service delivery.

 

The Council was committed to the regular monitoring of performance information in order to ensure the delivery of efficient, effective and value for money services that met the needs and expectations of the customers and communities that it serves.

 

The Performance Outturn Report provided an analysis of performance for each of the Council’s Portfolios. Each Portfolio section contained a brief overview of the key service delivery issues previously reported to Cabinet over the course of 2018/19 in the Monthly Budget and Performance Monitoring reports, as well as a summary of performance against key indicators at outturn 2018/19. A detailed assessment of performance against indicators with commentary provided by the responsible officer for each measure was available on the Council website. 

 

Within the Performance Indicator Target Setting Report submitted to Cabinet on 27 March 2019, there were a small number of measures where it was at the time not possible to set targets. It had now been possible to establish targets for two of these four measures, listed at Appendix 2. However, in two instances further development work was still ongoing to ensure the robustness of future reporting.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

(1)       the performance position of the respective Council Portfolios at outturn 2018/19 detailed within Appendix 1 be noted; and

 

(2)       the 3-year targets for the small number of indicators detailed at Appendix 2 be noted.

18.

School Effectiveness Strategy pdf icon PDF 100 KB

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A report was submitted which informed Cabinet that in November 2015, Cabinet had approved a School Effectiveness Strategy 2015-2018 which described a more focused approach towards the use of school improvement resources.  The School Effectiveness Strategy, 2019 - 2022, set out revised priorities which had been co-produced with senior leaders at schools across all key stages and which reflected the pace of change within education, including a reform of GCSEs and a new Ofsted framework (May 2019).

 

The strategy 2019 – 2022 (attached at Appendix 1) took into account:

 

           The Education and Adoption Bill (Section 2.2);

 

           Criteria for the determination of school bandings, monitoring activities and support/intervention (Section 3.2);

 

           The schools causing concern guidance for Local Authorities and Regional Schools Commissioners on how to work with schools to support improvement and educational performance, and on using their intervention powers (November 2018) (Section 3.3); and

 

           The form and nature of resources available to promote improvement in addition to the core strategy offer (Section 4).

 

The key aims of the strategy were detailed in the report.

 

The Cabinet was informed that the decision was a Key Decision and details had been published in accordance with the provisions within the Constitution.

 

*           Resolved that:

 

(1)           the School Effectiveness Strategy 2019-2022 be approved; and

 

(2)       the Strategic Director, People’s Services, be delegated 

responsibility, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Developing Young  People, to make amendments to the strategy in response to changes in policy and practice that may occur over the next 3 years.

19.

Review of Hardshaw Brook Depot pdf icon PDF 74 KB

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Minutes:

A report was submitted which informed Cabinet that Hardshaw Brook Depot remained the Council’s only operational depot housing a fleet of approximately 170 vehicles along with a number of services including Recycling and Waste, Caretaking and Cleaning, Security, Careline, Parks, Landscapes and Street- Scene, Social Needs Transport and Stores.

 

A review of Hardshaw Brook Depot was originally commissioned as a Transformation Project with the purpose being to identify the existing infrastructure, its condition, constraints and to determine the investment required to provide a fit for purpose facility that meets the current and future operational requirements of the service.

 

The principal advantages of retaining the existing site were its central location and established use.  However, the disadvantages were that its configuration was restrictive causing problems with vehicle and pedestrian movements, the layout of the buildings leads to operational inefficiencies and the site also had a history of ground contamination.

 

The condition surveys undertaken had established that the majority of modular buildings within the depot had reached end of life and it would not be financially viable to invest more capital expenditure in these buildings. Therefore, replacement would be necessary. In addition, there were a number of other buildings including the stores and admin block which required significant repair in order to remain operational. In addition, all external areas throughout the depot were deteriorating including car parks and roadways which may cause potential risks requiring further significant investment.

 

The Cabinet was informed that the decision was a Key Decision and details had been published in accordance with the provisions within the Constitution.

 

*           Resolved that capital expenditure of £1 million be approved to address immediate repair and maintenance issues within Hardshaw Brook Depot.

 

 

 

20.

To Seek Internal Agreement to Accept the Adult Education (AE) Grant Allocation for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 287 KB

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A report was submitted which updated Cabinet that St Helens ACL was grant funded annually under the Adult Education Budget (AEB) to deliver Post 19 learning opportunities. The funding was currently administered by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The priorities for delivery were determined nationally with each local authority having a measure of local flexibility.

 

             The AEB was a single revenue stream bringing together adult further education (all 19 years plus provision with the exception of Apprenticeships and Traineeships), community learning and discretionary learner support. Its principle purpose was defined by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as being “to engage adults and provide them with the skills and learning needed for work, an apprenticeship or further learning”. AEB also included a guarantee to fund statutory learner entitlements relating to English, maths and (from August 2020/21) digital skills, as well as a first Level 2 qualification and Level 3 for those aged 19 to 23 years.

 

 

             From the academic year 2019/20, the responsibility had been devolved to Liverpool City Region (LCR) who would commission services in response to local priorities informed by the Area Based Review. St Helens ACL had been working closely with the LCR Employment and Skills Group to identify which priorities were best met by Community Learning providers.  

 

             The Combined Authority had set out the strategic ambition for the AEB in the Liverpool City Region Skills Strategy 2018-2023. Devolution will enable adult skills provision and learning to be more flexible and agile in its application and as such, relevant to City Region priorities. It was a ground breaking opportunity for the Combined Authority to ensure providers’ skills offers met local employer and learner needs, including those furthest from the labour market.

 

For the Liverpool City Region, the Combined Authority had ring-fenced

            additional funding for all grant funding providers to deliver ‘Test and Learn’ pilots in 2019/20. These pilots were intended to deliver positive outcomes detailed in the LCR Skills Strategy.

 

The focus of the grant funding negotiations had been on the scale and

             balance of provision that was required to continue to deliver the legal

             entitlements for AEB whilst offering a range of learning opportunities that take account of local priorities. To support this process, each College and Local Authority completed a delivery plan template and accompanying narrative outlining their plans for the academic year 2019/20 (1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020).

 

The information provided by St Helens ACL contained details about the      curriculum offer, how this would meet local skills priorities, learner progression planning, how provision supported narrowing the gaps for under-represented learners in terms of engagement/achievement and how social value was embedded in service delivery.

 

The Cabinet was informed that the decision was a Key Decision and details had been published in accordance with the provisions within the Constitution.

 

*           Resolved that AEB grant allocation to fund the Adult Community Learning Service for the academic year 2019/20 be accepted.

21.

St Helens Armed Forces Covenant Progress Report pdf icon PDF 60 KB

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A report was submitted which identified the progress that had been made against the objectives of the St Helens Armed Forces Community Covenant for the period June 2018 to May 2019.

 

As a commitment of signing the Armed Forces Covenant, the Council was required to produce an annual progress report to the Commanding Officer at Headquarters North West.

 

The report demonstrated progress against promoting equality of opportunity for the Armed Forces Community to public services in the four public service areas of Education / Skills, Housing, Employment, Health and Wellbeing.

 

Members were informed that the Council provide useful information via the Armed Forces Covenant Webpages, St Helens Armed Forces Information Leaflet, The Armed Forces Email Network and St Helens Public Health Services.

 

The Progress Report will be shared with the Commanding Officer at Headquarters North West and the Armed Forces Community.  The report will also be published on the Council Website.

 

*           Resolved that the report be noted.

22.

Edge of Care and Complex Safeguarding Services pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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Minutes:

A report was submitted which sought approval for the implementation of improved services to:

 

           safely reduce the need for statutory social work intervention in family life, and reduce the need for children and young people to be taken into care (referred to in this report as the Edge of Care Service); and

           strengthen arrangements to protect vulnerable children who are at increased risk of exposure to domestic abuse (including honour-based violence and forced marriage), child sexual exploitation, modern slavery and trafficking, female genital mutilation, and radicalism and extremism. These arrangements are referred to in this report as Complex Safeguarding.  

 

Every local authority had a duty to protect and promote the welfare of children in need in its area and to provide support services that would enable children and young people to be brought up within their own families, where this can be achieved safely.

 

The Cabinet was informed that the decision was a Key Decision and details had been published in accordance with the provisions within the Constitution.

 

*           Resolved that the use of an additional £0.4m from Children’s Services reserves in 2019/20 be approved to facilitate the implementation of new Edge of Care and Complex Safeguarding services to protect children who may be at risk of significant harm.

23.

Modernising St Helens Council - One Council pdf icon PDF 147 KB

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Minutes:

A report was presented which outlined a programme of modernisation for

St Helens Council. It was partially in response to the LGA Peer Review and in addition reflected the priorities of the Cabinet to improve the resident and customer experience of dealing with the Council.

 

The LGA Peer Review would be published by the Council in the near future.

 

The report introduced a programme called One Council which had eight work

streams. Much of the programme could be achieved within existing budgets and resources as they were projects or improvements that do not need further investment but perhaps changes in processes or training for employees. Most importantly the programme would build more self confidence in employees to deliver excellent services to residents and customers.

 

It was reported that where the improvement had a significant cost such as modernisation of the digital and ICT estate or bringing buildings up to a modern standard, separate reports would be submitted to Cabinet over the next twelve months. This would allow Cabinet to decide upon the levels of investment that Cabinet believe appropriate against a backdrop of so many financial challenges and decisions about priorities.

 

There were also risks associated with not undertaking the modernisation programme which were outlined within the report.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

1)        the proposals to create a new Corporate Plan to reflect the Administration’s priorities be approved;

 

2)        the three themes of the Corporate Plan as People, Place and Corporate be approved;

 

3)        the proposals to present the Corporate Plan to Cabinet by the end of 2019 be approved;

 

4)        the One Council programme as the Councils’ modernisation programme under the theme of Corporate within the new Corporate Plan be approved;

 

5)        the One Council modernisation programme be implemented within the terms set out in this report be approved;

 

6)        Approve the 8 work streams of One Council as:

 

                      One Resident - One Customer

                      One Message

                      One Budget

                      One Digital

                      One Space

                      One Practice

                      One People

                      One Outcome

 

7)        the following be submitted to Cabinet over the next twelve months as soon as they are ready:

 

Proposals to develop a co-produced Vision for St Helens with partners across St Helens;

A new Corporate Plan containing the Administration’s priorities to be delivered over the coming years based on the themes of People, Place and Corporate;

                      Customer Service Strategy;

                      Communications Strategy;

                      Branding Guidelines;

                      Engagement Strategy;

                      Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS);

                      Capital Strategy linked to the Corporate Plan and MTFS;

                      Asset Management Strategy;

                      Digital (ICT) Strategy;

                      Human Resources Strategy;

                      A review of the Constitution

 

A review of the Councils whole policy framework should be undertaken and submitted to Cabinet as each policy is completed (this will take longer than 12 months)

 

8)        it be approved that in addition to the recommendations in this report all other relevant decisions relating to the One Council to be presented to Cabinet for approval as agreed with the Leader of the Council as the sponsor of the programme;

 

9)        it be approved that the Chief Executive and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

Exclusion of the Public

Recommended that the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items for the reason stated:

 

Item               Reason (under the Local Government Act 1972)

 

16-21             Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding the information) (Para 3 of Schedule 12A)

 

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Minutes:

*           Resolved that the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items for the reason stated:

 

             Minute            Reason (under the Local Government Act 1972)

 

25-30               Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

25.

Schools ICT Support Contract

Minutes:

A report was submitted which informed Cabinet that the current Schools ICT Support contract would end on 31 July 2019. Negotiations had been ongoing since June 2018 with the incumbent provider and the schools with regard to options for the delivery of the Schools ICT Support beyond this date.

 

During these discussions a number of schools expressed a preference for the Council to deliver the ICT Support services.

 

The Council considered this and identified that the Council could provide the Schools ICT support with no reduction in service for a lower cost.

 

The Council subsequently included itself as an option, this was supported by a large majority of the schools.

 

The schools will enter into a contract with the Council for an initial 3 years plus 1 year plus1 year.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

(1)  To respond to the School’s request for the Council to deliver the schools ICT support services once the current contract with Agilysis ceases on 31st July 2019; and

 

(2)  the Council enter into ICT support and related agreements with 58 primary, secondary and special schools on such terms and conditions as are outlined in the report.

 

26.

Town Centre Strategic Acquisition

Minutes:

A report was submitted which proposed the relocation of St Mary’s Market to the former Marks & Spencers Store. The proposal would provide a real opportunity to create a modern vibrant and thriving destination market which would in turn allow the Council to progress with the redevelopment of the St Mary’s Arcade and will further demonstrate the Councils commitment to the regeneration of the Town Centre.

 

The redevelopment of the St Mary’s Arcade provided a unique opportunity to redefine and transform St Helens Town Centre. Obtaining vacant possession of this part of the Shopping Centre, including St Mary’s Market, was therefore a key priority to progress the Councils future regeneration plans.

 

The Cabinet was informed that the decision was a Key Decision and details had been published in accordance with the provisions within the Constitution.

 

*           Resolved that:

 

(1)             the Strategic Director for Place Services be authorised to proceed with the purchase of the former Marks & Spencers Store, at a purchase price not exceeding £1.25 million, plus costs, for the purpose of relocating St Mary’s Indoor Market; and

 

(2)             a detailed design and cost appraisal for the refurbishment of the former Marks & Spencer’s Store to provide a new destination Market for the Town Centre be proceeded with. 

 

27.

Request for Investment for Service Improvement-Education and Children's Health, SEND, Community and School Support Services

Minutes:

A report was submitted which identified that a number of reports over recent months had been submitted to Cabinet which set out the current position of Children’s Social Care.

 

In response to these reports it was acknowledged that significant investment into services supporting children and families had already been made.  The report submitted to Cabinet on 20 February 2019, set out the rationale for investment into statutory social work services; acknowledging that there were also a set of wider strategic and operational pressures playing out within the “Developing Young People” portfolio in terms of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Level 2 support (Early Help), with a further report to be brought forward in Spring 2019.

 

Since approval of the proposals set out within the Cabinet report dated 20 February 2019, additional departmental risks and pressures had been identified in relation to  the effective commissioning of services, Post 16 provision for vulnerable learners, the statutory demands faced by the Educational Psychology Service, Virtual School and the transfer of responsibilities following the implementation of Operation Dovetail which has shifted statutory responsibility for the delivery of PREVENT from the Police to local authorities.

 

The report presented a description of these services with details of the pressures they are under to discharge their statutory duties and the additional resources required to effectively meet the needs of the children and families of St Helens.  

 

The Cabinet was informed that the decision was a Key Decision and details had been published in accordance with the provisions within the Constitution.

 

 

*           Resolved that the use of an additional £0.8m from Children’s reserves in 2019/20 to ensure the services below meet statutory requirements and increased demand be approved:

 

-            Early Help for Children and Families

-            Integrated Children’s Commissioning Team

-            School Improvement Team

-            MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) Education Officer

-            Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

-            Virtual School for Looked after Children

-            Post 16 Provision and Support for Vulnerable Learners

-            Educational Psychology

-            PREVENT, Anti-Terrorism Legislation

28.

Award of a Contract for the Provision of a Green Waste Composting Service

Minutes:

A report was submitted which detailed the procurement process for the provision of composting services of green waste collected through the Council’s household waste collection service. The composting facility would also be available to our Parks,           

 

The existing contract was scheduled to expire on 31 October 2019 and the Council therefore need to procure a new contract. 

 

The report therefore seeks approval from Cabinet to approve the award of a   contract for provision of green waste composting services for a period of five years, plus two one-year extension options, commencing 1 November 2019.

 

The Cabinet was informed that the decision was a Key Decision and details had been published in accordance with the provisions within the Constitution.

 

*           Resolved that the award of a contract tendered by Sefton Council on behalf of four Merseyside councils (Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens) to SED Services Ltd for the provision of green waste composting services for a period of five   years, with two one-year extension options, commencing 1 November 2019.

 

The following Minute was a Key Decision but notice had not been given in the

Public Notice of Key Decisions. The Cabinet was able to make a decision in

relation to this item as the provisions relating to the General Exceptions in the

Council’s Constitution had been met.

29.

Innovation Centre: Glass Futures

Minutes:

I report was submitted which updated Cabinet that in December 2018, Government announced a £66m fund for ‘transforming foundation industries’ which would be accessible to the sectors of glass, ceramics, chemicals, steel and cement as well as a £170m fund to support these industries to reduce their carbon emissions.

 

It is likely that Glass Futures will be funded from these government sources alongside industry contributions.  This would enable delivery of the Government’s

objectives, commencing Summer 2019, with an 18-month construction and           

commissioning period. It was an important project for the whole of the UK glass sector and locating in a place that really understood glass was a great advantage.

 

*          Resolved that:

 

(1)                   it be agreed to work in partnership with Liverpool City Region (LCR) to provide a Business Case seeking Single Investment Funds (SIF) for this Nationally Significant Innovation Scheme;

 

(2)                   earmarked Funds be committed from the Growth Reserve, which will progress the Business Case to include the Planning, detailed design and procurement stages of the project; and

 

(3)                   it be agreed to seek to enter into legal agreements to develop the site and facilities with a back to back arrangement with the owners and client.  Heads of Terms to cover length and type of ownership, together with a forward commitment for on site use by Glass Futures.

 

The following Minute was a Key Decision but notice had not been given in the Public Notice of Key Decisions. The Cabinet was able to make a decision in relation to this item as the provisions relating to the General Exceptions in the Council’s Constitution had been met.

 

Councillor McCauley declared a pecuniary interest in the following item and in accordance with the Code of Conduct here left the meeting.

30.

Funding for the Business Growth Programme and Investment Readiness Programmes

Minutes:

A report was submitted which informed Cabinet that the Council had for several years been contributing to the costs of programmes of Business Support activity delivered by St Helens Chamber in order to assist local SME businesses and start-up businesses.

 

The Chamber have received confirmation that current ERDF programmes had been extended until December 2021 and were now asking the Council to continue a match funding contribution for the activity undertaken by the Chamber.

 

*          Resolved that match funding be allocated to St Helens Chamber to deliver the ERDF-funded Business Growth Programme, and to allocate funding to the Investment Readiness Programme.

 

 

 

The Leader informed Members that this would be the last meeting for Jan Bakewell, Deputy Director, Legal and Governance before she left the authority for a new role.  On behalf of the Cabinet, he expressed sincere thanks for her significant dedication and distinction to the Council.

 

 

Note:

 

The Chief Executive and Strategic Director, Place Services declared a personal interest in respect of Item 21, and in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Employees left the meeting.