Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Wednesday, 28th July, 2021 5.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - 4th Floor - Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Dereck Francis  Tel: 01902 555835 or Email: dereck.francis@wolverhampton.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

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2.

Declaration of interests

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3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 347 KB

[For approval]

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4.

Matters arising

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

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5.

Brewers Yard (Phase 1) Culwell Street Site pdf icon PDF 322 KB

[Relocation of Culwell Street site] [report to follow]

Additional documents:

Decision:

That Council be recommended to approve:

 

1.    The creation of appropriate capital budgets funded, through grant and prudential borrowing as detailed within the exempt report, subject to confirmation of successful grant bids.

 

That Cabinet approves:

 

1.  The relocation of Fleet Services operations and ‘Meals on Wheels’ to a new facility at the Council owned ‘Wholesale Market’ Site, to continue providing existing requirements and enable the provision for a new electric fleet.

 

2.    The reconfiguration of the ‘Wholesale Market’ site to cater for the current wholesale market activities and the new fleet services operations, bringing about an improved and efficient use of Council facilities and decarbonisation of its buildings programme.

 

3.    The site clearance and land remediation of the Culwell Street site and its allocation for disposal with vacant possession for residential development, subject to outline planning consent.

 

4.    Delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for City Environment and Climate Change and the Leader of the Council, in consultation with the Director for City Housing and Environment and the Director of Finance to agree and enter into the required funding agreements, for the respective funding applications as detailed in the report.

 

6.

Performance, Budget Monitoring and Budget Update 2021-2022 pdf icon PDF 363 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      That the ongoing delivery of the Relighting Our City recovery priorities, including aligning our resources and activity to continue to improve performance and outcomes be endorsed.

 

2.      That the draft budget strategy for 2022-2023 be approved.

 

3.      That the use of £817,000 from the Transformation Reserve to fund various transformation work as detailed in paragraph 11.3 of the report be approved.

 

4.      That 31 virements totalling £7.4 million, for transfers within directorates, as detailed in Appendix 5 to the report be approved.

 

5.      That the write-off of one Housing debt totalling £6,419.73 as detailed in Appendix 6 to the report be approved.

 

6.      That any underspends identified in 2021-2022 are transferred to a specific reserve to support the 2022-2023 Budget Strategy and reduce the level of capital receipts to pay for revenue transformation.

 

7.      That the establishment of supplementary expenditure budgets within 2021-2022 approved budget as detailed in Section 10 of the report for grant funded expenditure be approved.

 

8.      That authority be delegated to the Director of Public Health and Wellbeing to allocate grants from the Better Mental Health Fund in line with the conditions of grant. 

 

9.      That it be noted that early indications are the outturn for 2021-2022 general fund would be within budget.

 

10.   That it be noted that early indications are the outturn for 2021-2022 Housing Revenue Account (HRA) would be within budget.

 

11.   That it be noted that alongside preparation for the 2022-2023 budget, work would continue to identify measures which would provide a sustainable medium term strategy.

 

12.   That it be noted that 14 Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) debts totalling £137,382.83, as detailed in Appendix 6 to the report, have been approved for write-off by the Director of Finance in accordance with the Council’s Financial Procedure Rules.

 

13.   That it be noted that 592 council tax accounts totalling £188,150.96, as detailed in Appendix 6 to the report, have been approved for write-off by the Director of Finance in accordance with the Council’s Financial Procedure Rules.

 

14.   That it be noted that 16 housing benefit overpayments totalling £5,232.34 as detailed in Appendix 6 to the report, have been approved for write-off by the Director of Finance in accordance with the Council’s Financial Procedure Rules.

 

15.   That it be noted that 55 sundry debt accounts totalling £14,857.47, as detailed in Appendix 6 to the report, have been approved for write-off by the Director of Finance in accordance with the Council’s Financial Procedure Rules.

 

16.   The ongoing work to integrate finance and performance information which would continue to be developed, reporting to Cabinet (Resources) Panel / Cabinet on a quarterly basis be noted.

7.

Climate Change - 2028 Net Zero Action Plan Approvals pdf icon PDF 438 KB

[To present the action plan for approval and to outline the governance arrangements to aid delivery of the wider Programme and the next steps with regards to the 2028 and 2041 actions]

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      That the proposed Climate Change actions to achieve the Council’s 2028 net zero ambitions be fully endorsed and the development of the next stage, a costed Roadmap be endorsed.

 

2.      That ownership of the actions be delegated to the respective Cabinet Portfolio Holders and Directors for delivery.

 

3.      That the use of the existing fleet capital budget to purchase electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure to meet needs identified on the fleet priority list, to support short-term fleet electrification plans be approved.

 

4.      That the use of the Climate Change reserve to fund the short-term resource requirements identified in the action plan as set out in paragraph 7.6 of the report be approved.

 

5.      That the use of the Climate Change reserve to fund development works for the depot relocation plans and the heat network feasibility study as set out in paragraph 7.7 of the report be approved. 

 

6.      That it be noted that development of the city-wide 2041 action plan would be carried out over summer 2021 through a series of internal and external stakeholder workshops, to agree objectives. This would include working directly with the Wolverhampton Anchor Network to formalise a city-wide delivery plan/roadmap. As such the 2041 actions have been omitted from the report.

 

7.      That it be noted that the actions laid out within the report relating to the 2028 net zero target are not explicit or binding, and the action plan may change, subject to periodic reviews and development of feasibility studies.

 

8.      That it be noted that there is a further anticipated budget / resource requirement to deliver the proposed actions, subject to development of the roadmap and future business case.

 

9.      That the proposed governance structure as detailed in Appendix 5 to the report be noted, and that it would be subject to change as the programme develops.

8.

Adoption of Black Country Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Strategy pdf icon PDF 186 KB

[To approve adoption of the Black Country Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Strategy]

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      That the final draft of the ‘Black Country Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Strategy’ including the 2021 Advisory Note be approved.

 

2.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Environment and Climate Change and the Leader of the Council in consultation with the Director of City Housing and Environment and the Director of Finance to:

a.      Accept the grant funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and enter into the grant funding agreement if the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) bid is successful.

b.      Create the appropriate supplementary budgets.

c.      Approve future delivery of chargepoint infrastructure in line with the targets identified in the Black Country Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) Strategy

 

3.      That it be noted that the strategy was subject to a public consultation in August-October 2020, receiving 851 responses, with less than 20% believing the infrastructure targets were too ambitious, and less than 30% believing the emissions targets were too ambitious (35% of responses viewed the emissions targets as not being ambitious enough).

 

4.      That it be noted that any installations would be subject to public consultation with residents and business in the immediate vicinity of each location.

 

5.      That it be noted that the ORCS bid is due for submission to OZEV at the end of July 2021, and they predict a six-week turnaround for responses.

9.

Public Health Annual Report 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

[To receive the Wolverhampton Public Health Annual Report 2020-2021 - Covid-19: Respond, Protect and Relight]

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the publication of the Director of Public Health Annual Report for the period 2020 – 2021 be approved.

 

10.

Principal Social Worker Annual Report 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 551 KB

[To receive a progress report on the work of the Principal Social Worker in promoting and improving the quality of social work practice and outline the key priorities for 2021-2022]

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Decision:

1.      That the work of the Principal Social Worker and the continued impact it has on social work practice across Children’s and Adult’s Services be endorsed.

 

2.      That the main priorities for the Principal Social Worker identified for 2021-2022 be endorsed.

 

3.      That the work carried out in respect of: Care Act easements; audit activity, which has highlighted continued strong performance and practice during Covid; and the continued commitment to supporting social work students and routes into social work which is ensuring the Council is able to meet demand and supply needs now and for the future be noted.

11.

Education Excellence Strategy (EES) 2021 - 2024 pdf icon PDF 316 KB

[To approve the Education Excellence Strategy which outlines how the Council will work with education providers to support and challenge in order to strive for an excellent education system]

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Decision:

That the Education Excellence Strategy (EES) 2021-2024 be approved and its use from September 2021 be endorsed.

 

12.

Determined Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 pdf icon PDF 141 KB

[To approve changes to School Admission code requires determination of admission arrangements]

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      That the variation to the admission arrangements for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 to include a priority criterion for children previously in state care outside of England, in order to comply with a new mandatory provision of The School Admissions Code 2021 be approved.

 

2.      That the admission arrangements for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 to incorporate the variation be approved.

 

13.

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.]

Additional documents:

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).

 

14.

Canalside South - Delivery Strategy update

[To provide an update on progress with the Canalside South area]

Decision:

1.      That the strategy and approach to bringing Canalside South to the market to seek a development partner to deliver this transformation development opportunity be approved.

 

2.      That authority be delegated to the Deputy Leader: Inclusive City Economy and the Leader of the Council, in consultation with Director of Regeneration and Director of Finance, to enter into the revised Collaboration Agreement with Canal & River Trust to enable the joint marketing of landholdings in support of the delivery of Canalside South.

 

3.      That authority be delegated to the Director of Governance for the execution of any legal agreements ensuing from the marketing process and eventual developer selection.  

 

4.      That the proposal to declare the Council’s landholdings at Canalside South as surplus in preparation for the marketing of the sites be approved.

 

5.      That the revenue budget allocation assigned to support costs associated with bringing forward a scheme of this scale be noted.

 

6.      That it be noted that an update would be brought to Cabinet once the marketing process has been concluded to ratify the outcome of the marketing exercise, the preferred delivery approach and development partner(s).

 

 

15.

Brewers Yard (Phase 1) Culwell Street Site

[Relocation of Culwell Street site]

Decision:

That Council be recommended to approve:

 

1.    The creation of appropriate capital budgets funded, through grant and prudential borrowing as detailed within the report, subject to confirmation of successful grant bids.

 

That Cabinet approves:

 

1.  The relocation of Fleet Services operations and ‘Meals on Wheels’ to a new facility at the Council owned ‘Wholesale Market’ Site, to continue providing existing requirements and enable the provision for a new electric fleet.

 

2.    The reconfiguration of the ‘Wholesale Market’ site to cater for the current wholesale market activities and the new fleet services operations, bringing about an improved and efficient use of Council facilities and decarbonisation of its buildings programme.

 

3.    The site clearance and land remediation of the Culwell Street site and its allocation for disposal with vacant possession for residential development, subject to outline planning consent.

 

4.    Delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for City Environment and Climate Change and the Leader of the Council, in consultation with the Director for City Housing and Environment and the Director of Finance to agree and enter into the required funding agreements, for the respective funding applications as detailed in the report.