Agenda and decisions

Cabinet (Resources) Panel - Wednesday, 16th June, 2021 4.00 pm

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

Contact: Dereck Francis, Democratic Services  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.

Declarations of interest

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3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 312 KB

[To approve the minutes of the previous meeting as a correct record.]

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4.

Matters arising

[To consider any matters arising from the minutes.]

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5.

Procurement - Award of Contracts for Works, Goods and Services pdf icon PDF 252 KB

[To approve the award of contracts for works, goods and services]

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Decision:

That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, in consultation with the Director of City Housing and Environment to approve the award of a contract for Independent Tenant and Homes Advisor following the completion of a procurement process.

6.

Restart Employment Programme

[To enter into an agreement to deliver end to end employment support as part of the Restart Programme] [report to follow]

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Decision:

That the report be considered during the confidential session of the meeting on the grounds that the report contains commercially sensitive information under Part 1, paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended),

7.

External Funding Update 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 439 KB

[To seek approvals relating to external funding bids] [report to follow]

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Decision:

1.        That the Council act as Lead Authority for the following Community Renewal Fund (CRF) bids to deliver key priorities for the city including:

 

a.      iGNITE (innovate, Grow, Navigate, Ideas, Technology, Entrepreneurship) – to support our vital local entrepreneurs, business start-ups and small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) around e-commerce skills;

 

b.      Working towards Improved Resource Efficiency and De-carbonisation (WIRED) – to support our city carbon reduction commitment and vital local businesses through a large-scale innovative resource efficiency and energy reduction programme;

 

c.      Wolverhampton Employment and Skills Support for All (WESSA) – to generate more jobs and learning opportunities for local residents, through piloting innovative, targeted approaches to delivering support to get Wolverhampton residents back to work;

 

d.      West Midlands Youth Engagement – to ensure we create more opportunities for our children and young people, through a bid to commission critical research into youth engagement.

 

2.      That the Council act as delivery partner in the West Midlands Cultural Renewal and Creative Skills bid to the Community Renewal Fund, to support the revitalisation of our high streets with key activity around cultural and creative industries.

 

3.      That the Council support other key bids to the Community Renewal Fund that benefit Wolverhampton, including bids led by the voluntary community sector to support enterprise and employability, and the Good Things Foundation to provide intensive support to get people online which is in line with our ambitions around a fully digitally inclusive city.

 

4.      That authority be delegated to the Leader of the Council, in consultation with Director of Strategy and Director of Finance to:

 

a.      Approve acceptance of the grant funding agreements if the projects referred to in recommendation 1 above are successful.

 

b.      Enter into back-to-back agreements with delivery partners if the projects referred to in recommendation 1 above are successful.

 

c.      Approve necessary revenue and if required capital budgets in line with the funding agreement if the projects referred to in recommendation 1 above are successful.

 

d.   Approve the use of the indirect costs element of any CRF grant to cover any additional administrative costs associated with the above funded programmes

e.   Approve reimbursement of CRF grant to delivery partners who are awarded CRF.

 

f.    Approve the payment of grants to businesses who are awarded CRF grant for WIRED.

 

5.      That stressing importance of timely decisions from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, authority be delegated to the Leader of the Council, in consultation with the Director of Strategy and Director of Finance to deal with project adjustments if required.

7a

Celebrating our city's diversity: Commemorating Saragarhi pdf icon PDF 151 KB

[To approve the award of a grant.]

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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.]

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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).

9.

Procurement - Exempt- Award of Contracts for Works, Goods and Services

[To approve the award of contracts for works, goods and services]

Decision:

1.      That the award of contracts for the Supply of Independent Living Equipment to London Borough of Croydon of Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1EA for two years and eight months from 1 June 2021 to 30 November 2023 up to the contract value of £667,000 be approved.

 

2.      That the exemptions to the Contract Procedure Rules approved by the Head of Procurement and Director of Finance from 1 – 30 April 2021 be noted.

 

10.

Disposal of Beckminster House

[To declare the asset surplus to Council requirements and agree the disposal strategy to generate capital receipts and revenue efficiencies]

 

Decision:

1.      That Beckminster House be declared surplus to the Council’s requirements:

 

2.      That disposal of the asset listed via the open market disposal methods of either auction or informal tender upon terms and conditions to be agreed be approved.

 

3.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive to approve the terms of the disposal through an Individual Executive Decision Notice.

 

 

11.

Lonsdale Road, Pennfields - Property acquisition and refurbishment.

[To report on the current condition of the property; to approve the acquisition of the leasehold interest at 43 Lonsdale Road; to rehouse the existing tenants at 43A and 43B Lonsdale Road; to award homeloss compensation and disturbance payments to the tenants; to refurbish the property into a large mutli bedroom property]

Decision:

1.      That the proposal for the refurbishment of the property and reinstate the building to the original large house as detailed in Option 4 of paragraph 4.11 to the report be approved.

 

2.      That the commencement of consultation with the tenants within the council owned properties be approved and discuss their housing needs and rehouse them into alternative accommodation.

 

3.      That the payment of home loss and disturbance compensation for the tenants displaced by the planned refurbishment of the property, in accordance with the Land Compensation Act 1973 be approved.

 

4.      That negotiations begin with the leaseholder of 43 Lonsdale Road to acquire the leasehold interest, with vacant possession and the payment of home loss and disturbance compensation, in accordance with the Land Compensation Act 1973 be approved.

 

5.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing in consultation with the Director of City Housing and Environment to approve the purchase of the leasehold property as detailed in Option 4 of paragraph 4.11 to the report.

 

6.      That the current condition of the council owned properties at 43A and 43B Lonsdale Road and investment required be noted.

 

7.      That the current condition of the leasehold property at 43 Lonsdale Road and investment required be noted.

12.

Restart Employment Programme

[To enter into an agreement to deliver end to end employment support as part of the Restart Programme]

Decision:

That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, in consultation with the Director of Regeneration to:

a.      Approve the Council agreeing the final terms and entering into the required agreement with Serco for the Council to deliver employment and skills support to local unemployed residents, as a sub-contractor to Serco, as part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Restart programme.

 

b.      Approve the Council creating appropriate supplementary expenditure and income revenue budgets, including staffing, for the delivery of the Restart Programme.

 

c.      Approve the Council entering into lease agreements with delivery venues, where required.