Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Microsoft Teams meeting via Sparkenhoe Committee Room, County Hall, Glenfield

Contact: Ms. J. Bailey (Tel. 0116 305 2583)  Email: jenny.bailey@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Order Paper. pdf icon PDF 400 KB

A webcast of the meeting can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2NKDhFz

 

1.

Minutes of the previous meeting. pdf icon PDF 224 KB

2.

Urgent Items.

3.

Declarations of interest.

Decision:

The Chairman invited members who wished to do so to declare any interest in respect of items on the agenda for the meeting. He and Mr. Breckon CC, Mr. Blunt CC, Mrs. Richardson CC, and Mr. Shepherd CC each declared a personal interest in agenda item 4 (Coronavirus (Covid-19) Impact and Response of the County Council - Recovery and Financial Impact) as members of district councils.  Mr. Rushton and Mr. Blunt also declared a personal interest in agenda item 11 (Coalville Transport Strategy) as members of North West Leicestershire District Council.

4.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Impact and Response of the County Council - Recovery and Financial Impact. pdf icon PDF 208 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)      That the comments of the Scrutiny Commission be noted;

 

(b)      That the actions taken to date in response to the pandemic be noted;

 

(c)      That the work that has commenced on recovery including the outcomes from the initial meeting of the cross-party Member Working Group be noted;

 

(d)      That the financial implications for the County Council and the actions proposed to begin to address the impact on the Council’s finances be noted.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To note the current position on the response to the coronavirus pandemic, the County Council’s Recovery Plans, and the financial implications for the current and future years’ budgets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Commissioning and Procurement of Home Care Service Post- November 2020 - Proposed Deferral Arising from Covid-19. pdf icon PDF 256 KB

Decision:

That procurement of the new Home Care service for Leicestershire previously agreed by the Cabinet on 7 February 2020 be deferred for 12 months, subject to agreement by the East Leicestershire and Rutland and West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Governing Bodies.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

Due to the current pressures arising from the coronavirus pandemic, it is deemed unlikely that an Invitation to Tender for a new Home Care service would elicit a positive or significant response from the care market at the present time.

 

There is a significant risk that the current Covid-19 crisis would either not be over or reduced sufficiently in this period to enable either the procurement to start or to ensure a safe roll-out of the new service.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED:

 

The options considered were delays of 6, 9, 12 months, or longer. The key factors were to avoid procurement or implementation of the new service during peak service pressure periods and for the postponement period to be realistic, so that a sustainable market response would be secured and a further deferment could be avoided.

 

As explained in the report, delays of 6 or 9 months risked moving procurement or implementation into the busy winter period or into the summer, when workforce availability can be an issue. Also, officers involved would be likely to still be occupied in managing the coronavirus response.

 

Delays over 12 months but under 24 months would pose the same difficulties indicated above. Whilst this ultimately may have to happen to avoid an even longer deferment, it was not recommended at the present time.

 

6.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan 2020-2023. pdf icon PDF 555 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)       That the comments of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the members of the Health and Wellbeing Board on the draft Strategy and Action Plan and changes made as a result, be noted;

 

(b)       That the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Suicide Prevention Strategy 2020-2023 and associated Action Plan be supported.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The Strategy builds on recent actions bringing together co-ordinated suicide prevention work across the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland area.  The Leicester Leicestershire and Rutland Suicide Audit and Prevention Group seeks to reduce death by suicide and to support the bereaved. The Strategy will assist multi-agency work in raising awareness of risks and influencing policy and seeks to promote open discussion and support services for vulnerable people.

7.

Leicestershire Sexual Health Strategy 2020-2023. pdf icon PDF 387 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)       That the responses to the consultation including the comments of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and changes made to the draft Strategy as a result be noted;

 

(b)       That the Leicestershire Sexual Health Strategy 2020-23 (appended to the report) be approved for implementation.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The 2020-23 Strategy recognises the changing commissioning landscape, development of the integrated care system and its impact on partners. It builds on the work of the 2016-19 Sexual Health Strategy, which made significant progress in combining a fragmented system into a single service. The 2020-23 Strategy focuses on sexual health improvement, leadership and policy in Leicestershire.

8.

2019/20 Provisional Revenue and Capital Outturn. pdf icon PDF 383 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)       That the comments of the Scrutiny Commission be noted;

 

(b)       That the 2019/20 provisional revenue and capital outturn be noted;

 

(c)       That the prudential indicators for 2019/20 as shown in Appendix E to the report be noted.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To note the provisional revenue and capital outturn for 2019/20.

 

9.

Annual Treasury Management Report 2019/20. pdf icon PDF 200 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the report be noted.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The Authority’s full adoption of the CIPFA Code of Practice for treasury

management requires an annual report on Treasury Management activity and

performance to be considered by both the Cabinet and the Corporate Governance Committee before the end of September each year

10.

Melton Mowbray Distributor Road. pdf icon PDF 296 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)      That the position of the County Council in respect of the masterplan for the South Sustainable Neighbourhood and the financial viability of the Neighbourhood as approved under delegated powers by the Chief Executive following consultation with the Leader and the Deputy Leader, and communicated to Melton Borough Council prior to its Cabinet meeting, be noted;

 

(b)      That the decision of the Cabinet of Melton Borough Council at its meeting on 17th June 2020, inter alia, to approve the masterplan, be noted;

 

(c)      That the views of the Director of Law and Governance (set out in paragraphs 17 to 23 of this report) on the decision of Melton Borough Council’s Cabinet of 17th June be noted;

 

(d)      That the County Council’s position as set out in (a) above, viz:

 

“To date no evidence has been provided by Melton Borough Council in the masterplan or elsewhere to demonstrate the financial viability of the South Sustainable Neighbourhood in its proposed form and for which no timescales are given for the different phases of development.  Consequently, the County Council is still not in a position to accept the Housing Infrastructure Fund grant-aid offer towards the cost of the southern leg of the MMDR.”

 

be reaffirmed and that Melton Borough Council be also advised (i) of the views of the Director of Law and Governance and (ii) that the County Council notes that it has had no answer from Melton Borough Council as to exactly on what basis it believes the South Sustainable Neighbourhood development to be viable;

 

(e)      That Homes England be advised of the County Council’s position accordingly.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

Officers believe that the increasing financial risk to the County Council is not acceptable without the assurances and information sought from Melton Borough Council.

11.

Coalville Transport Strategy. pdf icon PDF 441 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)      That the ongoing work to support North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) to deliver the successful growth and evolution of Coalville and of Ashby-de-la-Zouch (Ashby) be noted;

 

(b)      That it be noted the outcomes of the recent transport study work:

 

(i)       further evidences the importance of achieving the delivery of the A511 Growth Corridor Major Road Network scheme, without which growth in the area is forecast to have severe residual cumulative highway impacts;

 

(ii)      evidences that transport projects in addition to the Major Road Network scheme are still required in and around Coalville and Ashby in order to mitigate forecast severe residual cumulative highway impacts;

 

(c)        That the revised list of projects covered by the Coalville Transport Strategy (CTS) as set out in paragraph 51 and in Appendix A to the report be approved;

 

(d)        That no changes be sought to the general level of developer contributions requested towards delivery of the CTS through NWLDC’s ‘Section 106 policy for the delivery of infrastructure in Coalville’;

 

(e)        That the County Council as the Local Highway Authority uses the outcome of the recent study work to inform its advice to NWLDC on development proposals and developer contributions in and around Coalville and Ashby;

 

(f)         That it be noted that there may be circumstances where the County Council as Local Highway Authority will advise NWLDC to refuse development proposals on highways grounds regardless of a suggested developer contribution towards delivery of the CTS; and

 

(g)        That the County Council works with NWLDC to produce a formal CTS document.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To ensure that the County Council as the LHA is using the most up-to-date evidence in seeking developer contributions from proposals in and around Coalville and Ashby and in providing highways advice to NWLDC, and to ensure that it continues to be in a strong position in circumstances where planning appeals are lodged by applicants in the light of the LHA’s advice to NWLDC.

 

The total cost of the A511 Major Road Network project and additional junction mitigation measures now identified exceed that on which the level of developer contributions was originally based but in light of the many uncertainties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic it is considered that it would be unwise to seek to increase the level of contributions requested.

 

The preparation of a formal CTS document will ensure that this information is available in the public domain in a clear and non-technical format.

12.

Items referred from Overview and Scrutiny.

13.

Mr. Ivan Ould OBE CC