Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 13th November, 2019 5.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 3, Third Floor - Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1SH

Contact: Philippa Salmon  Tel: 01902 555061 or Email: philippa.salmon@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Jasbir Jaspal and Councillor Linda Leach.

2.

Declaration of interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest submitted.

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 314 KB

[For approval]

Minutes:

That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 16 October 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

4.

Matters arising

[To consider any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting]

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

5.

Treasury Management Activity Monitoring- Mid Year Review 2019-2020 pdf icon PDF 281 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council is recommended to note:

1.  That a mid-year review of the Treasury Management Strategy Statement has been undertaken and the Council has operated within the limits and requirements approved in March 2019.

2. That revenue underspends of £253,000 for the General Revenue Account and £124,000 for the Housing Revenue Account are forecast from treasury management activities in 2019-2020.

Minutes:

Councillor Louise Miles presented the Treasury Management Activity Monitoring- Mid Year Review 2019-2020 for recommendation to Council. The report provided a monitoring and progress report on treasury management activity for the second quarter of 2019-2020 as part of the mid-year review, in line with the Prudential Indicators approved by Council in March 2019. There had been a change to national rules regarding borrowing by local authorities and updates would be provided to Cabinet as developments evolved. The Cabinet recorded their thanks to the officers involved for their work.

 

Resolved:

Council is recommended to note:

 

1. That a mid-year review of the Treasury Management Strategy Statement has been undertaken and the Council has operated within the limits and requirements approved in March 2019.

2. That revenue underspends of £253,000 for the General Revenue Account and £124,000 for the Housing Revenue Account are forecast from treasury management activities in 2019-2020.

6.

Capital Programme 2019-2020 to 2023-2024 Quarter Two Review pdf icon PDF 204 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Council is recommended to:

1.    Approve the revised medium term General Revenue Account capital programme of £326.9 million, an increase of £44.8 million from the previously approved programme and the change in associated resources.

Cabinet resolved:

1. That the virements for the General Revenue Account capital programme be approved as detailed at Appendix 4 to the report for;

i. Existing projects totalling £3.0 million;

ii. New projects totalling £1.1 million.

2. That the virements for the HRA capital programme be approved as detailed at Appendix 4 to the report for:

i. Existing projects totalling £13.5 million.

3.  That it be noted that the Corporate Contingency has been revised upwards by £33.9 million over the medium term capital programme to reflect potential future budget requirements within various service areas including ICT, Corporate Asset Management, Fleet Services, Waste and Affordable Warmth. Budget provision has been incorporated into the Corporate Contingency in order to be prudent at this stage. Programme business cases are in the process of being developed and assessed. Once this process is complete, approval will be sought in the Capital Programme 2019-2020 to 2023-2024 Quarter Three Review and 2020-2021 to 2024-2025 Budget Strategy report to allocate budget provision from the Corporate Contingency to individual projects.

Minutes:

Councillor Louise Miles presented the Capital Programme 2019-2020 to 2023-2024 Quarter Two Review for recommendation to Full Council. The report provided an update on the 2019-2020 financial performance of the General Revenue Account and HRA capital programmes and the revised forecast for 2019-2020 to 2023-2024 as at quarter two 2019-2020. The report also set out revisions to the current approved capital programmes covering the period 2019-2020 to 2023-2024. The Cabinet noted the significant investment in Education and Highways departments.

 

Resolved:

Council is recommended to:

 

1.    Approve the revised medium term General Revenue Account capital programme of £326.9 million, an increase of £44.8 million from the previously approved programme and the change in associated resources.

 

Cabinet resolved:

 

1. That the virements for the General Revenue Account capital programme be approved as detailed at Appendix 4 to the report for;

i. Existing projects totalling £3.0 million;

ii. New projects totalling £1.1 million.

2. That the virements for the HRA capital programme be approved as detailed at Appendix 4 to the report for:

i. Existing projects totalling £13.5 million.

3. That it be noted that the Corporate Contingency has been revised upwards by £33.9 million over the medium term capital programme to reflect potential future budget requirements within various service areas including ICT, Corporate Asset Management, Fleet Services, Waste and Affordable Warmth. Budget provision has been incorporated into the Corporate Contingency in order to be prudent at this stage. Programme business cases are in the process of being developed and assessed. Once this process is complete, approval will be sought in the Capital Programme 2019-2020 to 2023-2024 Quarter Three Review and 2020-2021 to 2024-2025 Budget Strategy report to allocate budget provision from the Corporate Contingency to individual projects.

7.

Public Health Annual Report 2018-2019 pdf icon PDF 139 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the publication of the Public Health Annual Report 2018 2019 be endorsed.

Minutes:

In the absence of Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, Councillor Ian Brookfield presented the Public Health Annual Report 2018-2019 for endorsement. John Denley, Director of Public Health, outlined the key points from the report. The Annual Report 2018-2019 built on the Vision for Public Health 2030 and detailed the Council’s commitment to improve the factors that influenced healthy life expectancy at a population level. The aim was to address the variation in life expectancy across the City, and it was recognised that there were many different areas that impacted on this. Notable improvements over the period included work on flu vaccinations in children, sexual health services, rough sleepers and suicide rates. It was noted that there were no quick fixes to challenge many of the long-standing issues but that the Council was moving in the right direction. The Cabinet recorded their thanks to the Public Health team and the partners involved for their work.

 

Resolved:

That the publication of the Public Health Annual Report 2018 2019 be endorsed.

8.

Exclusion of press and public

[To pass the following resolution:

 

That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business as they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information on the grounds shown below.]

Decision:

That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business as they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

Minutes:

Resolved:

That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business as they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

9.

Financial Support for Foster Carers to Transport Children in Care to School

Decision:

That the proposed payment structure to financially support foster carers to transport children in care to and from school be approved.

Minutes:

Councillor John Reynolds presented the Financial Support for Foster Carers to Transport Children in Care to School report that was exempt as it contained information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

Resolved:

That the proposed payment structure to financially support foster carers to transport children in care to and from school be approved.