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Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Cllr Peter Bilson.
Declaration of interests
No declarations of interests were made.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 March 2016 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
[To consider any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting]
There were no matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.
[To sign up to the charter]
Cllr Val Gibson asked Cabinet to approve the City of Wolverhampton Council’s commitment to the Department of Education’s Care Leavers Charter. The charter set out seven promises and principles to care leavers and endorsed the Council’s Corporate Parenting responsibilities in raising the expectations, aspirations and understanding of care leavers locally. Approval of the Charter was also a requirement of the New Belongings Project Action Plan.
1. That Cabinet sign up to the Department for Education’s Care Leavers Charter which is a requirement of the New Belongings Project Action Plan and would endorse the City of Wolverhampton Council’s commitment to raising the expectations, aspirations and understanding of Care Leavers.
2. That Cabinet support the City of Wolverhampton Council to consider the principles when making key decisions effecting Care Leavers.
[To consider the recommendations of the scrutiny review group and the Cabinet’s response thereto]
[NOTE: The Chair of the scrutiny review group has been invited]
Cllr Val Gibson reported that child sexual exploitation was a very important issue for Wolverhampton and the whole of the Country and that she was delighted that scrutiny had chosen this topic for a review. She thanked Cllr Jasbir Jaspal, Chair of the Scrutiny Review Group, members of the review group and the witnesses who came to produce an impressive report.
Cllr Jasbir Jaspal was in attendance at the meeting for this item. She gave a brief introduction to the report containing the findings and recommendations from a scrutiny review. She placed on record her thanks to the members of the review group, witnesses including the Cabinet Members for Education and Children and Young People, partner agencies and council employees who had all contributed to the review.
Cllr Val Gibson reported that Cabinet accepted all of the Review group’s recommendations. She also reported that she was pleased to report that there would be an enhanced Police resource in Wolverhampton as part of the local response to child sexual exploitation.
Cllr Roger Lawrence asked that progress on implementing the review recommendations be monitored that a clear action plan be developed from the Executive response.
1. That the report of the Scrutiny Review ofChild Sexual Exploitation and the following recommendations from the review be received:
Recommendation 1.The Head of Safeguarding to produce a six monthly newsletter on safeguarding matters for all Wolverhampton Councillors.
Recommendation 2. The Head of Safeguarding to ensure that the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy is updated to incorporate specific reference to the Board’s commitment to the aims and objectives detailed in the West Midlands Regional Child Sexual Exploitation Framework (July 2015).
Recommendation 3.The members of the CSE scrutiny review group to reconvene in October 2016 to consider progress in implementing recommendations agreed by Cabinet. The findings to be added as an appendix to the update report when presented to Scrutiny Board on 1.11.16.
Recommendation 4. The Chair of the Councillor Development and IT Advisory Group to contact all elected Councillors reminding them of their safeguarding responsibilities and the expectation that they will complete mandatory safeguarding courses.
The level of Councillor non-attendance on e-learning safeguarding courses to be monitored by Future People Manager and reported six monthly to Councillor Development and IT Advisory Group.
Recommendation 5. The Future People Manager in liaison with the relevant subject matter experts to undertake a review of the effectiveness of mandatory e-learning training course for Councillors to ensure that they meet their responsibilities. The findings to be presented to the Councillor Development and IT Advisory Group with recommendations.
Recommendation 6. Priority Lead – Communicate and Engage (WSCB) to detail proposals for further awareness raising in relation to the issue of CSE. The Priority Lead, Communicate and Engage, to detail plans for raising awareness of the issue among new communities who have moved to Wolverhampton and report findings to WSCB.
Recommendation 7. Wolverhampton representatives of organisations involved in the drafting of the West Midlands Metropolitan ... view the full minutes text for item 6.
[To approve a programme of capital funded schemes to develop and maintain the transportation network for the financial years 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19, subject to available resources and annual review]
Cllr Steve Evans sought approval to a programme of capital funded projects to develop and maintain the transportation network for the financial years 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19, subject to available resources and annual review.
Cllr Evans placed on record his thanks to the Transportation service and other officers of the Council for their excellent work in putting together a programme of projects to meet the City’s strategic and operational transport needs and in their success in bidding for additional funding to deliver on those needs.
1. That the list of projects for development and implementation as part of the Transportation Capital Programme 2016/17 and future years, as set out in appendices B and C to the report be approved.
2. That the Head of Strategic Transportation and the Head of Operational Transportation be authorised to proceed with development work for each project on the list including surveying, site investigation, options appraisal, feasibility analysis, traffic modelling, detailed design, statutory advertising and public consultation, as appropriate.
3. That the projects marked ‘Approve’ in the ‘Approval’ column of appendices B and C of the report be approved for implementation, subject to the availability of funding.
4. That the Cabinet Member for City Assets or the Cabinet Member for City Environment, as appropriate, in consultation with the Service Director, City Environment be authorised to approve, through an Individual Executive Decision Notice, implementation of the projects on the list marked ‘IEDN’ in the ‘Approval’ column of appendix B, subject to the satisfactory outcome of public consultation, availability of funding and any other relevant considerations.
5. That the Cabinet Member for City Assets or the Cabinet Member for City Environment, as appropriate, in consultation with the Service Director, City Environment be authorised to approve, through an Individual Executive Decision Notice, the bringing forward of projects from appendix C to appendix B and thereafter to approve them for implementation during 2016/17 subject to the satisfactory outcome of public consultation, availability of funding and any other relevant considerations.
6. That further reports be submitted at the appropriate times in order to obtain the necessary authority to construct the projects marked ‘Cabinet’ in the ‘Approval’ column of appendix B to the report.
7. That the Director of Governance be authorised to serve all necessary notices in respect of the projects listed in appendix B and, subject to there being no unresolved objections, make traffic regulation orders as required.
8. That the revised medium term Transportation capital programme at appendix D to the report, reflecting six budget virements and the deferral of £1.5 million expenditure from 2015/16 to 2016/17 in relation to recent funding confirmation of Local Pinch Point Funding for work at the junction of A4123 Birmingham New Road / Shaw Road be approved.
9. That the expenditure and progress made in delivering the projects in the Transportation Capital Programme during 2015/16 be noted.
10.That the Council’s continuing success in bidding for additional funding and delivering new projects through the Local Sustainable Travel Fund, the Highway Maintenance ... view the full minutes text for item 7.