Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Friday, 18 September 2020 11.00 am

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

Contact: Anna Poole (Tel. 0116 305 2583)  Email: anna.poole@leics.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

Order Paper and Representations. pdf icon PDF 400 KB

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

 

1.

Minutes of the meeting held on 23 June 2020. pdf icon PDF 154 KB

2.

To advise of any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent elsewhere on the agenda.

3.

Declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda.

4.

Medium Term Financial Strategy Latest Position. pdf icon PDF 483 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

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

 

b)    That the latest position of the 2020/21 revenue budget and capital programme as at the end of July 2020 and the effect of Covid-19 be noted;

 

c)     That the changes to the 2020-24 capital programme as set out in the report be approved;

 

d)    That the approach outlined in the report to updating the Medium-Term Financial Strategy be approved.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To inform members of the intended approach to the development of plans to address the latest financial position.

To seek agreement to the revised capital programme for 2020-24 which has required amendment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

5.

White Paper on Devolution and Local Recovery. pdf icon PDF 154 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

a)    That the Leader write to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government requesting an invitation for councils in the administrative boundaries of Leicestershire County Council to come forward with their proposals for the establishment of unitary local government as a prerequisite to a devolution settlement for the East Midlands;

 

b)    That officers be requested to

 

(i)           develop and update the draft strategic business case for a unitary structure for local government in Leicestershire having regard to the criteria and requirements of the White Paper;

 

(ii)         Take steps to engage an independent social research company to undertake a stakeholder engagement on the revised business case;

 

(iii)        Following publication of the White Paper submit a further report to the Scrutiny Commission and Cabinet before the matter be debated by the full Council with a view to an ambitious proposal being put to Government which recognises a once in a generation opportunity to improve local government in Leicestershire in the context of a strong economy and powerful voice for the East Midlands.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To enable work to commence immediately to update the draft business case in order that, subject to decisions, Leicestershire, together with Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, who are also approaching the Secretary of State, can be in a position to be in the early tranche for local government reform.

 

6.

Adults and Communities Department Strategy 2020-24 - Delivering Wellbeing and Opportunity in Leicestershire. pdf icon PDF 274 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    That the comments of the Adults and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee be noted;

 

b)    That the outcome of the consultation on “Delivering Wellbeing and Opportunity in Leicestershire: Adults and Communities Department Ambitions and Strategy for 2020-2024” be noted;

 

c)     That the “Delivering Wellbeing and Opportunity in Leicestershire: Adults and Communities Department Ambitions and Strategy for 2020–2024” be approved.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The consultation and engagement exercise undertaken overwhelmingly support the key themes of the Strategy, which will underpin the work of the Department over the next four years. Once approved the implementation of the Strategy can be progressed.

 

7.

Status on Support for Community Managed Libraries. pdf icon PDF 259 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

a)    That the comments of the Adults and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee be noted;

 

b)    That the baseline support offer to Community Managed Libraries be enhanced to:

 

(i)          increase the lease extension period from five to 10 years;

 

(ii)         offer more officer visits to provide support and training and, via Voluntary Action Leicestershire, support for volunteer recruitment and retention, business planning, and income generation;

 

c)     That it be noted that the position of Community Managed Libraries will be kept under review during the recovery from Covid-19 and further reports will be made to members as necessary.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The original funding support package for Community Managed Libraries (CMLs) was set up in 2014. This tapered funded support reduced by 20% each year from 100% running costs and will reach nil by 2021 for those CMLs that transferred early in the process.

 

The pandemic has resulted in all libraries being closed and consequently their ability to generate income has halted.

 

Lessons learned from the CML project have indicated that in order to indicate viability for external funds, a 10-year lease is preferable to the current arrangement which requires library groups to request a rollover five-year extension. Ten-year leases would also reduce CMLs trustees’ legal costs and would be more efficient from the Council’s perspective.

 

CMLs have identified the importance of regular visits from Council support officers, especially in supporting volunteers and trustees at points of crisis, and this is imperative following Covid-19.  It is therefore important that the frequency of these visits be increased during this period of known vulnerability.

 

OTHER OPTIONS CONSIDERED:

 

Option 2 - Upscaled baseline plus offer for all libraries with internal repairing-only leases.

 

Option 3 - Upscaled baseline offer relating to County Council and VAL officer support plus the Council takes back control of all running costs of CML building.

 

8.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Inclusion Strategy 2020 to 2023. pdf icon PDF 241 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

a)    That the responses to the consultation including the comments of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee be noted;

 

b)    That the Leicestershire local area Special Educational Needs and Disability and Inclusion Strategy 2020-2023 (appended to the report) be approved.

 

(KEY DECISION)

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

To approve the revised Strategy which will provide the basis for planning, commissioning and delivering SEND Services and support by the Council and its partners for children and young people living in Leicestershire over the next three years.

 

9.

Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Board Partnership Annual Report 2019/20 and Business Plan for 2020/21. pdf icon PDF 336 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Partnership (LRSCP) Annual Report for 2019/20 and the joint Business Plan of the LRSCP and the Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership Board for 2020/21 be noted and welcomed.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

Leicestershire County Council is one of the Statutory Partners who have a shared and equal statutory duty with the local Clinical Commissioning Groups and Chief of Leicestershire Police to agree and make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in Leicestershire.

 

The multi-agency safeguarding arrangements locally are managed through a new partnership – the Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Partnership that covers the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland.  The arrangements were published on 28 June 2019 and commenced on 29 September 2019.  These arrangements replaced the former Local Safeguarding Children Board.

 

The Business Plan for 2020/21 has been jointly developed by the LRSCP and Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership Board in order to support greater alignment in safeguarding development work across the two areas.

 

In Leicestershire and Rutland the Annual Report has traditionally been presented to the Cabinet and the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Presenting the Annual Report and Business Plan enables the Cabinet to comment on the content of both documents and consider whether these identify matters that it wishes to address in relation to the effectiveness of safeguarding within the work of the Authority.

 

10.

Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2019/20, Strategic Plan 2020 to 2025, and Business Plan 2020/21. pdf icon PDF 321 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

a)    That the comments of the Adults and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee be noted;

 

b)    That the Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report for 2019/20, Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, and Business Plan for 2020/21, be noted and welcomed.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Adults Board (LRSAB) is a statutory body and local authorities have a duty to ensure that the Board is enabled to operate effectively. 

 

It is a requirement of the Care Act 2014 that the LRSAB Annual Report be reported to the Leader of the Council together with the Chief Executive of the local authority, the Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and local Healthwatch.

 

In Leicestershire and Rutland the Annual Report and Business Plans have traditionally also been presented to the Cabinet and the Adults and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Presenting the Annual Report enables the Cabinet to comment on the content of the Annual Report and consider whether the report identifies matters that it wishes to address in relation to the effectiveness of safeguarding within the work of the Authority.

 

Presenting the Strategic Plan and Business Plan enables the Cabinet to have oversight of the work of the Safeguarding Adults Board and the requirement on the Local Authority for contribution to these partnership plans.

 

11.

Corporate Asset Investment Fund Annual Performance Report 2019-2020. pdf icon PDF 255 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

a)    That the comments of the Scrutiny Commission as set out in the report be noted;

 

b)    That the performance of the Corporate Asset Investment Fund for the period April 2019 to March 2020 be welcomed.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

In accordance with the Cabinet’s decision in September 2017, this report fulfils the requirement to report annually on the performance of the CAIF to both the Cabinet and the Scrutiny Commission, to demonstrate that the Fund is being managed professionally and prudently.

 

12.

Planning for the Future White Paper (August 2020). pdf icon PDF 369 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

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

 

b)    That the proposals set out in the Planning for the Future White Paper (August 2020), be noted;

 

c)     That the County Council’s response to the consultation on the proposals set out in the White Paper as appended to the report, be approved, subject to (d) below;

 

d)    That the Chief Executive be authorised, in consultation with the Leader and Cabinet Lead Member, to agree a final response to the consultation having regard to the comments made by the Scrutiny Commission.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION:

 

The White Paper proposes substantial reform to the English town and country planning system. In order to protect the County Council’s services and its strategic objectives, it is essential that the White Paper is thoroughly reviewed and a response to government is provided.

 

The draft response sets out how the proposed revisions to the planning system will impact upon County Council services. It explains where the changes appear acceptable and where amendments are required.

 

The views of the Cabinet are sought to confirm the County Council’s response and inform a discussion by a working group comprising representatives from local planning authorities (city, county, district) plus the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership later in the month.

 

13.

Items referred from Overview and Scrutiny.

14.

Any other items which the Chairman has decided to take as urgent.