Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Wednesday, 19th January, 2022 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 324 KB

[For approval]

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4.

Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2022-2023 including Rent and Service Charges pdf icon PDF 215 KB

[To approve the Housing Revenue Account Business Plan 2022-2023 including Rent and Service Charges]

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Decision:

That the Council be recommended to:

 

1.    Adopt the Business Plan set out at Appendix 1 to the report as the approved Housing Revenue Account Business Plan including:

 

a.    The revenue budget for 2022-2023 at Appendix 1 to the report.

b.    The Capital Programme for 2022-2023 to 2026-2027 at Appendix 2 to the report that includes the following among the proposed investment plans:

·       £118.7 million for new build development.

·       £42.6 million provision for estate remodelling.

·       £50.4 million to complete the refurbishment of the Heath Town estate.

·       £79.8 million for programmes to high rise estates to include fire safety improvements, infrastructure replacement, retrofitting of sprinklers and external works.

 

2.    Approve the implementation of an increase of 4.1% to social housing rents in accordance with the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and to give 28 days notice to all secure and introductory tenants of the rent increase from 1 April 2022.

 

3.    Approve the rates for garage rents and service charges set out in Appendix 3 to the report and formally notifies tenants.

 

4.    Approve Management Allowances for Managing Agents as follows;

·       Wolverhampton Homes   - £40,460,000

·       Bushbury Hill Estate Management Board - £1,780,000

·       New Park Village Tenants Management Organisation - £395,000

·       Dovecotes Tenants Management Organisation - £1,148,000

 

That the Cabinetnotes:

 

1.    The issues raised during the consultation have been communicated to the managing agents and would also be provided to tenants as areas for possible tenant scrutiny during 2022-2023.

 

2.    From 1 April 2020 the Regulator of Social Housing has regulated social rents charged by Local Authorities. The Rent increase at 4.1% is chargeable in line with Government policy set out in the Rent Standard 2020.

 

3.    The Charter for Social Housing Residents: Social Housing White Paper (2020) sets out the principles for a new, fairer deal for social housing residents, focusing on the provision of safe and decent homes, resolving complaints, empowering tenants, tackling stigma and building new homes.

 

4.    The National Building Safety Programme of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Grenfell Inquiry pending its full outcomes, would impact upon future building safety planning. The Hackett Review 2018 makes recommendations for residential building safety and improvements to be considered as part of all future HRA asset management and improvement planning and the Building Safety Bill introduces regulation seeking greater assurance on the safety of multi-occupied buildings.

 

5.    Asset planning in 2022-2023 would look at the future management and asset planning for non-traditional homes, including high-rise homes.

 

 

5.

SEND Inspection Outcome Written Statement of Action pdf icon PDF 167 KB

[To consider the outcomes of the SEND Inspection]

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Decision:

1.      That the Local Area Written Statement of Action (WSOA) that is required to be submitted to Ofsted by the 16 February 2022 in response to the outcome of the Joint Inspection of the Local Area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services and provision conducted by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) between 20 and 24 September 2021 be approved.

 

2.      That it be noted that the Written Statement of Action requires some final detail to be added following feedback from Parent/Carer surveys, the Clinical Commissioning Group.  The Written Statement of Action would be prepared as a final designed document prior to submission to Ofsted by the 16 February.

 

3.      That it be noted that the Written Statement of Action would also need sign off by the Clinical Commissioning Group governance structures as it is required to be developed as a co-produced document including input from a range of stakeholders following their engagement in the process through focus groups and surveys undertaken since the publication of the Inspection report and the DfE Senior Officials meeting with Local Area Leaders on the 29 November 2021.

 

4.      That the ‘6 Focus Areas’ which would outline the actions to be taken to address the ‘Areas of Significant Weakness’ as identified in the SEND inspection report in Appendix 1 to the report be noted.

 

5.      That it be noted that the Joint SEND Strategy developed by the Wolverhampton SEND Partnership Board in 2020 and approved by the Cabinet and the Children and Families Together Board sets out the vision and key priorities of the Council and partners in the city to improve the lives of children and young people with SEND.  Additional actions to those set out in the WSOA are also being closely monitored

 

6.      That it be noted that the Strategy reflects the vision that Wolverhampton is an inclusive City where we work with children, young people, and their families with SEND so that they can achieve their full potential.  It recognises that all children with SEND are individuals with aspirations to lead their own lives. While life for a child or young person with SEND and their family is anything but ordinary, the ordinary life principles are what extraordinary achievements are built on.

 

 

6.

Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement and Draft Budget Update pdf icon PDF 329 KB

[To provide an update to the Draft Budget and on the Local Government Provisional Finance Settlement 2022-2023]

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Decision:

1.      That the outcome of the 2022-2023 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement be noted.

 

2.      That it be noted that the final budget report presented to Cabinet on 23 February 2022 would reflect the outcome of the settlement and detailed budget work for 2022-2023, including a review of all budget reduction proposals and the risks associated with their delivery.

 

7.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2022-2024 pdf icon PDF 247 KB

[To approve the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2022-2024]

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Decision:

1.      That the Council’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2022-2024 as attached at Appendix 1 to the report be approved.

 

2.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Governance and Equalities in consultation with the Chief Operating Officer to update certain departmental targets and to correct typographical errors in the Strategy.

 

8.

Corporate Parenting Strategy 2022-2025 pdf icon PDF 162 KB

[To approve the Corporate Parenting Strategy]

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Decision:

1.      That the Corporate Parenting Strategy 2022-2025 be endorsed.

 

2.      That Cabinet member roles and responsibilities as Corporate Parents be noted.

9.

Determined Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2023-2024 pdf icon PDF 137 KB

[To determine admission arrangements for 2023-2024 to comply with mandatory provision of the School Admissions Code 2021]

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Decision:

1.      That the Co-ordinated Admission Schemes for secondary and primary school admissions at the normal year of entry for 2023-2024 be approved and that the Secretary of State be notified by 28 February 2022.

 

2.      That the proposed admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools for 2023-2024 be approved.

 

10.

Building Surveys of Large Panel System Blocks pdf icon PDF 152 KB

[To approve the cessation of letting identified void properties and rehouse tenants (where required) to allow specialist surveys to be undertaken]

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Decision:

1.      That the requirement to hold a total of 18 void properties within the six tower-blocks built using the Large Panel Systems (LPS) to enable the completion of specialist surveys be approved.

 

2.      That suitable void properties within the each of the six tower-blocks be held to allow the survey work to be carried out.

 

3.      That the rehousing of the tenants from these dwellings following a consultation period and housing needs assessment be approved.

 

4.      That a level of compensation payment and disturbance payments as detailed in exempt Appendix 2 to the report for those tenants in identified properties within the six tower blocks to voluntarily move to suitable, alternative accommodation to decant the property in order to carry out the specialist surveys be approved.

 

5.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing in consultation with the Director of City Environment, to agree any alternative compensation payment and disturbance payment to that detailed in exempt Appendix 2 to the report under exceptional circumstances.

 

6.      That it be noted that a further report on the outcome of the testing and the future investment or regeneration of these tower blocks would be presented to a future meeting.

 

11.

Purchase of affordable rent and shared ownership units - Northicote development (WV Living) pdf icon PDF 149 KB

[To approve entering into a contract agreement with WV Living to purchase affordable units on Northicote development site]

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Decision:

1.      That the purchase of 29 homes for affordable rent and 16 homes for shared ownership units from WV Living on the Northicote housing development site through a standard form of development agreement at the agreed purchase as detailed in exempt Appendix 1 to the report be approved.

 

2.      That approval be granted to enter into contract using a standard form of development agreement between the Council and WV Living including staged payments as detailed in exempt Appendix 2 to the report.

 

3.      That Chief Operating Officer or other authorised officers be authorised to execute the contract agreement, transfers, associated wayleave agreements, deed of easements, deeds of grant, collateral warranties together with any ancillary agreements.