Decisions

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Decisions published

18/11/2021 - Market to Affordable Housing Conversion Programme – Property acquisition ref: 6545    Recommendations Approved

Acquisition of former council properties

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing

Decision published: 22/11/2021

Effective from: 18/11/2021

Decision:

  1. Approved the completion of the former council properties listed in Appendix 1 at the agreed price of £235,000.
  2. Agreed the payment of both properties detailed in Appendix 1, be made from monies received through affordable housing contributions within Section 106 Agreements as outlined in paragraph 2.1.

 

Wards affected: Tettenhall Wightwick;

Lead officer: Maureen Lothian, Lakhwinder Sahota


17/11/2021 - Exclusion of press and public ref: 6533    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

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 item of business as it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 


17/11/2021 - Procurement - Award of Contracts for Works, Goods and Services ref: 6532    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Public Procurement Award of Contracts for Works Goods and Services

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 24/11/2021

Decision:

1.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive, to approve the award of a contract for Supply and Delivery of Fruit and Vegetables when the evaluation process is complete

 

2.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive, to approve the award of a contract for Supply and Delivery of Milk and Dairy Products when the evaluation process is complete.

 

3.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Adults, in consultation with the Executive Director of Families to approve the award of a contract for Healthwatch (Wolverhampton) when the evaluation process is complete.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Anna Dumont, John Thompson


17/11/2021 - Procurement - Award of Contracts for Works, Goods and Services ref: 6534    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Exempt Procurement Award of Contracts for Works Goods and Services

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 24/11/2021

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Anna Dumont, John Thompson


17/11/2021 - Performance and Budget Monitoring 2021-2022 ref: 6537    Recommendations Approved

To provide an integrated finance and performance update against the Relighting Our City priorities, and the Medium Term Financial Strategy.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 24/11/2021

Decision:

1.      That the establishment of supplementary expenditure budgets within the 2021-2022 approved budget as detailed in section 9.0 of the report for grant funded expenditure be approved.

 

2.      That the use of £1.0 million from the Regeneration Reserve to fund various transformation work as detailed in paragraph 10.4 of the report be approved.

 

3.      That the use of £105,000 from the Budget Contingency Reserve to fund additional resource to ensure the Council delivers on the Fairness and Inclusion agenda as detailed at paragraph 10.5 of the report be approved.

 

4.      That the contribution of £200,000 to the Budget Contingency Reserve to support environmental works in 2021-2022 as detailed in paragraph 10.6 of the report be approved.

 

5.      That the use of £124,000 from the Recovery Reserve/ Covid Emergency grant to fund additional resources within Insight and Performance to support the work around jobs, skills and enterprise as detailed at paragraph 10.7 of the report be approved.

 

6.      That the write-off of three Council Tax debts totalling £17,693.83 as detailed in Appendix 9 to the report be approved.

 

7.      That the write-off of three Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) debts totalling £30,785.94 as detailed in Appendix 10 to the report be approved.

 

8.      That the write-off of two Housing Benefit debts totalling £12,814.21 as detailed in Appendix 11 to the report be approved.

 

9.      That the write-off of one Sundry Debt totalling £5,538.16 as detailed in Appendix 8 to the report be approved.

 

10.   That 60 virements totalling £28.9 million, for transfers within directorates, as detailed in Appendix 12 to the report be approved.

 

11.   That it be noted that the General Fund projected outturn for 2021-2022 is currently forecast to be an underspend of £235,000 (excluding the impact of Covid-19).  This forecast underspend is after the transfer of £4 million into the Future Years Budget Strategy Reserve in accordance with the 2022-2023 budget strategy and £200,000 into the Budget Contingency Reserve to support environmental works.

 

12.   That it be noted that at this stage in the financial year it is difficult to forecast redundancy costs.  However, as forecast in recent years it is anticipated that the cost of redundancies can be met from reserves.

 

13.   That it be noted that a £12.3 million surplus on the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) is projected compared with a budgeted surplus of £13.1 million as shown at Table 3 and in detail at Appendix 5 to the report. The projected reduction to the surplus of £841,000 would reduce redemption of debt by £841,000.

 

14.   That it be noted that council tax accounts totalling £487,356.90, as detailed in paragraph 11.2 and Appendix 7 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 32 Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) debts totalling £259,737.68, as detailed in paragraph 11.2 and Appendix 7 to the report, have been approved for write-off by the Director of Finance in accordance with the Council’s Financial Procedure Rules.

 

16.   That it be noted that 51 housing benefit overpayments totalling £27,061.75 as detailed in paragraph 11.2 and Appendix 7 to the report, have been approved for write-off by the Director of Finance in accordance with the Council’s Financial Procedure Rules.

 

17.   That it be noted that 135 sundry debt accounts totalling £72,957.29, as detailed in paragraph 11.2 and Appendix 7 to the report, have been approved for write-off by the Director of Finance in accordance with the Council’s Financial Procedure Rules.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Mohammed Hasan, Michelle Howell, Rajesh Patel, Alison Shannon


17/11/2021 - Updating Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) Policy ref: 6539    Recommendations Approved

To approve updated Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act policies.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 24/11/2021

Decision:

1.      That the updated, corporate RIPA Covert Investigation Policy and corporate RIPA Operating Procedure be approved.

 

2.      That the contents of the report and the steps taken to address comments made by the most recent inspection of the Council’s arrangements in respect to RIPA regulated matters be noted.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Susan White


17/11/2021 - Relighting Our Council ref: 6538    Recommendations Approved

To approve a new approach to hybrid working to improve outcomes and best meet the needs of our city

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

1.      That the Relighting Our Council vision and strategy, which sets out the high-level approach to develop a new flexible and agile operating model in order to best meet the needs of our city be approved.

 

2.      That the proposal to engage with the organisation and consult with the Trade Unions on the development of a fair, inclusive, and equitable ‘Our employee/people offer’ be approved.

 

3.      That the drawdown of £200,000 funding which has been previously set aside in the Transformation Reserve for the Our Assets Programme and the utilisation of other existing funding allocations to facilitate this strategy, as outlined in the financial implications be approved.

 

4.      That it be noted that in line with this high level Relighting Our Council strategy, further work would be done to develop a new workspace strategy, new employee offer and Our People Strategy, new staff sustainable travel policy and new digital strategy to ensure the delivery of better outcomes for local people.

 

5.      That the outcome of the pre-decision scrutiny undertaken by the Our Council Scrutiny Panel on 2 November, summarised at paragraph 2.4 and appendix 2 to the report be noted.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Charlotte Johns


17/11/2021 - Capital Programme 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 Quarter Two Review ref: 6535    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Capital Programme 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 Quarter Two Review

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

That Council is recommended to approve:

1.    The revised, medium term General Revenue Account capital programme of £298.1 million, an increase of £6.7 million from the previously approved programme, and the change in associated resources.

 

That Cabinet approves:

1.  The virements for the General Revenue Account capital programme detailed at Appendix 4 to the report for:

     i.    existing projects totalling £4.3 million;

     ii.   new projects totalling £1.7 million.

 

2.  The virements for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) capital programme detailed at Appendix 4 to the report for:

     i.    existing projects totalling £3.6 million.

 

The Cabinet notes:

1.    That there is an intentional ‘over-programming’ of projects to reflect the reality that some projects will inevitably be delayed due to unexpected circumstances or changes to priorities. Over-programming aims to ensure that, as far as possible, the resources available are fully utilised.

 

2.    That the following capital projects are included in a bid for external European Regional Development Fund grant as part of the Wolverhampton Investment in Smart Energy programme. If successful, and subject to confirmation of grant funding, this could attract up to 40% of external funding that would reduce the amount of internal resources required to fund the Corporate Asset Management programme. Any realised changes in resources as a result of grant confirmation will be reflected in future monitoring reports for approval.

 

·        Aldersley Leisure Centre (Hockey Pitches) – External lighting to include electrical controls & lighting columns;

·        Bradley Resource Centre – Mechanical Plant upgrade;

·        Civic Centre – Flue replacement.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sarah Hassell, Michelle Howell, Lee Johnson, Rasa Jurkeviciene, Claire Nye, Alison Shannon


17/11/2021 - Treasury Management Activity Monitoring - Mid Year Review 2021-2022 ref: 6536    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Treasury Management Activity Monitoring - Mid Year Review 2021-2022.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

Decision:

That Council is asked to note:

1.    That a mid-year review of the Treasury Management Strategy Statement had been undertaken and the Council had operated within the limits and requirements approved in March 2021, however due to the reprofiling of some capital programmes the authorised limit and operational boundary for commercial activities for 2022-2023 is forecast to be slightly in excess of the best estimate included in the Treasury Management Strategy presented to Council on 3 March 2021. This would be reviewed as part of the 2022-2023 Treasury Management Strategy.

 

2.    That revenue underspends of £899,000 for the General Revenue Account and £706,000 for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) are forecast from treasury management activities in 2021-2022, arising as a result of re-phasing of the capital programme and lower interest rates forecast on borrowing.

 

The Cabinet notes:

1.    That there had been no change to the UK’s credit rating and therefore the Director of Finance had not been required to use the delegated authority approved by Council on 17 July 2020 to amend the Annual Investment Strategy.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sarah Hassell, Michelle Howell, Lee Johnson, Rasa Jurkeviciene, Alison Shannon