Decisions

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Decisions published

17/02/2021 - Procurement - Mobile Lateral Flow Testing ref: 5921    Recommendations Approved

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 17/02/2021

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: John Thompson


17/02/2021 - Schedule of Individual Executive Decision Notices ref: 5905    Recommendations Approved

To receive a summary of open and exempt individual executive decisions approved by the appropriate Cabinet Members following consultation with the relevant employees.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 17/02/2021

Decision:

That the summary of open and exempt individual executive decisions approved by the appropriate Cabinet Members following consultation with relevant employees be noted.

Wards affected: (All Wards);


17/02/2021 - Exclusion of press and public ref: 5906    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 17/02/2021

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 remaining 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).


17/02/2021 - Appropriation of Bond House to the Housing Revenue Account ref: 5909    Recommendations Approved

To approve the appropriation of Bond House from the General Fund to the Housing Revenue Account, for the provision of supported accommodation.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Wards affected: St Peter's;

Lead officer: Luke Dove, Jenny Lewington


17/02/2021 - New Park Village Redevelopment Programme - Private Owner Options ref: 5910    Recommendations Approved

To provide an update and approval to progress the redevelopment proposals for New Park Village Redevelopment Programme including private owner options.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Wards affected: Heath Town;

Lead officer: Karen Beasley, Raj Mal


17/02/2021 - Adult Education Traineeship Budget ref: 5903    Recommendations Approved

Approval to receive an Education and Skills Funding Agency Grant budget

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Decision:

1.      That the Council enters the Contract for Services with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to deliver Traineeships.

 

2.      That the creation of supplementary revenue expenditure budgets up to £33,000 fully funded from income to support the Traineeships programme be approved.

 

3.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, in consultation with the Director of Regeneration, to annually approve entering into a Contract for Services with the ESFA for up to a further three years.

 

4.      That it be noted that this contract is anticipated to generate up to £308,000 of income from the (ESFA) for the delivery of Traineeships.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Joanne Keatley


17/02/2021 - Procurement Award of Contracts for Works, Goods, and Services ref: 5907    Recommendations Approved

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Anna Dumont, Yannick Mukendi, John Thompson


17/02/2021 - Acquisition of Privately Owned Empty Property by Agreement or Compulsory Purchase: 91 Griffiths Drive, Wolverhampton, West Midlands. WV11 2JW ref: 5904    Recommendations Approved

To approve the acquisition.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Decision:

1.      That the Director of City Environment be authorised to negotiate terms for the acquisition of the property 91 Griffiths Drive, Wolverhampton, WV11 2JW and, in default of that acquisition, give authority for a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to be made under Part II Section 17 Housing Act 1985 in respect of the property.

 

2.      That expenditure for the potential acquisition of the property, with subsequent capital receipts being recycled within the Empty Property Strategy programme be approved.

 

3.      That in the event that the property is improved and re-occupied to the satisfaction of the Director of City Environment, the withdrawal of the property from the CPO be authorised.

 

4.      That following any acquisition, the Director of City Environment be authorised to dispose of the property on the open market on condition that the property is refurbished and re-occupied with in six or 12 months (as appropriate to the scale of the works).

 

5.      That the Director of Governance be authorised to:

 

a.         Take all reasonable steps as soon as it is reasonably practical to secure the making, confirmation and implementation of the CPO including the publication and service of all Notices and the presentation of the Council’s case at any Public Inquiry.

 

b.         Approve agreements with the owners of the property setting out the terms for the withdrawal of objections to the CPO, and/or making arrangements for re-housing or relocation of any occupiers.

 

c.          Approve the making of a General Vesting Declaration (the property is brought into Council ownership via this process).

 

d.         Approve the disposal of the whole and/ or parts of the property by auction, tender or private treaty. 

 

 

Wards affected: Wednesfield North;

Lead officer: Richard Long


17/02/2021 - Prescribed Alterations to Specialist Educational Provision ref: 5902    Recommendations Approved

This report details the outcome of Pre-publication Consultation and Representation on the proposed prescribed alterations to specialist educational provision at St Michael's CE (A) Primary School and seeks approval to permanently implement the proposed prescribed alterations.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Decision:

1.      That the proposed prescribed alteration to St Michael’s CE (A) Primary School be approved.

 

2.      That the capital allocation and the release of funds to establish new accommodation for a Resource Base at St Michael’s CE (A) Primary School be approved.

 

3.      That the outcomes of Pre-publication Consultation and Representation in relation to the proposed prescribed alterations to St Michael’s CE (A) Primary School be received and noted.

 

4.      That the Council entering into a Grant Agreement with St Michael’s CE (A) Primary School be approved.

 

5.      That the virement from the Special Provision Capital Fund to the St Michael’s CE (A) Primary School Project to fund the establishment of a new Resource Base to cater for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties be approved.

 

6.      That the awarding of a grant to St Michael’s CE (A) Primary School to fund the establishment of new accommodation be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Hayley Kelly


17/02/2021 - 49 & 51 School Lane, Bushbury - Structural condition and demolition. ref: 5908    Recommendations Approved

To approve the rehousing of the existing tenant of 49 School Lane and the demolition of 49 & 51 School Lane, Bushbury.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Wards affected: Bushbury North;

Lead officer: Karen Beasley


17/02/2021 - Nominations Agreement with Registered Housing Providers ref: 5901    Recommendations Approved

Revised Nominations Agreement between City of Wolverhampton Council and Registered Housing Providers

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Decision:

1.      That the revised Agreement between the Council and Registered Providers of Social Housing for Nominations be approved.

 

2.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member City Assets and Housing, in consultation with the Director of City Environment to agree future revisions to the Nominations Agreement.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Garbett, Mila Simpson


17/02/2021 - Business Rates Discretionary Relief ref: 5900    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval for extensions to the Business Rates Discretionary Relief Policy from 1 April 2021 to include charitable and voluntary organisations

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Decision:

That the extension to the local Business Rates Discretionary Relief Policy in respect of charitable and voluntary organisations for one year from 1 April 2021 be approved.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Karen Hampshire, Tracey Richards


17/02/2021 - Exclusion of press and public ref: 5920    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 17/02/2021

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 remaining 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).


17/02/2021 - Bilston Business Improvement District (BID) ref: 5919    Recommendations Approved

To seek authority for the Council to cast its vote during the Bilston BID ballot and other procedural matters concerning the BID process.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Wards affected: Bilston East; Bilston North;

Lead officer: Simon Lucas


17/02/2021 - Future High Streets Fund - Funding Award Update ref: 5918    Recommendations Approved

To receive an update on the Future High Streets Fund bid.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Wards affected: St Peter's;

Lead officer: Zareena Ahmed-Shere


17/02/2021 - Adult Social Care Annual Report: The Local Account 2019-2020 ref: 5914    Recommendations Approved

To receive the Adult Social Care Annual Report: Local Account 2019-2020.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 17/02/2021

Decision:

1.      That the Adult Social Care Local Account for 2019-2020 be approved for publication.

 

2.      That the comments of the Adult and Safer City Scrutiny Panel on the Adult Social Care Annual Report: The Local Account 2019-2020 (Appendix 1) be noted.

 

3.      That the proposed priorities for 2020-2021 be noted.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Courtney Abbott, Jennifer Rogers


17/02/2021 - 2021-2022 Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2022 to 2023-2024 ref: 5913    Recommendations Approved

To present a balanced budget for 2021-2022 aligned to council plan priorities and an updated Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) for the period up to 2023-2024, for recommendation to Full Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 17/02/2021

Decision:

That Council be recommended to approve:

1.    The net budget requirement for 2021-2022 of £258.5 million for General Fund services (paragraph 10.1).

 

2.    The Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) 2021-2022 to 2023-2024 as detailed in Table 4 and the budget preparation parameters underpinning the MTFS as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

3.    A Council Tax for Council services in 2021-2022 of £1,765.49 for a Band D property, being an increase of 4.99% on 2020-2021 levels, which incorporates the 3% increase in relation to Adult Social Care, in line with Government expectations. (paragraph 8.4, Table 1).

 

4.    That work starts on developing budget reductions and income generation proposals for 2022-2023 onwards in line with the Five Year Financial Strategy (paragraph 10.5).

 

5.    Revisions to the local council tax support scheme (paragraph 8.7).

 

That Cabinet approves:

1.    The updated assumptions used in the Budget 2021-2022 and the MTFS 2021-2022 to 2023-2024 as detailed in sections 7 and Appendix 1 to the report.

 

2.    That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Resources, in consultation with the Director of Finance, to approve the calculation and allocation of growth in the central share of business rates for 2021-2022 and future years to be passported to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) (Appendix 1, paragraph 1.29).

 

3.    That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Resources and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, in consultation with Director of Finance and Director of Children’s and Adult Services, to approve changes to the local funding formula for Schools including method, principles and rules adopted (paragraph 12.4). 

 

4.    That authority continues to be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Resources in consultation with the Director of Finance to consider further opportunities to accelerate pension contribution payments to secure additional budget reductions (Appendix 1 paragraph 1.5).

 

5.    That the external provider of Risk Based Verification (RBV) is no longer beneficial to the service and that the Council ceases to operate the external RBV system from 31 March 2021, using an in-house RBV approach to the verification of new Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support claims (paragraph 8.10).

 

That Cabinet notes:

1.    That the budget for 2021-2022 is in balance without the use of general reserves (paragraph 10.1).

 

2.    That, in the opinion of the Director of Finance (Section 151 Officer), the 2021-2022 budget estimates are robust (paragraph 10.1).

 

3.    That, in the opinion of the Director of Finance (Section 151 Officer), the proposed levels of reserves, provisions and balances is adequate in respect of the forthcoming financial year (paragraph 11.4).

 

4.    That a further £25.4 million needs to be identified for 2022-2023 rising to £29.6 million over the medium term to 2023-2024 in order to address the projected budget deficit (paragraph 10.5).

 

5.    That, due to external factors, in particular the impact of Covid 19, budget assumptions remain subject to significant change, which could therefore result in alterations to the financial position facing the Council (paragraph 7.5).

 

6.    That, there continues to be a considerable amount of uncertainty with regards to future funding streams for local authorities over the forthcoming multi-year Spending Review period.  At the point that further information is known it will be incorporated into future reports to Councillors.  Any reduction in the Government’s allocation of funding to the Council would have a significant detrimental impact and further increase the budget deficit forecast over the medium term (paragraph 7.20).

 

7.    That, the overall level of risk associated with the 2021-2022 Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2022 to 2023-2024 is assessed as Red (paragraph 9.1).

 

8.    That Councillors must have due regard to the public sector equality duty (Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010) when making budget decisions (paragraph 17.7).

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

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


17/02/2021 - Treasury Management Strategy 2021-2022 ref: 5912    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Treasury Management Strategy 2021-2022.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 17/02/2021

Decision:

That Council be recommended to approve:

1.    The authorised borrowing limit for 2021-2022 to support the capital strategy as required under Section 3(1) of the Local Government Act 2003 to be set at £1,166.2 million (PI3, Appendix 3 to the report); the forecast borrowing is below the authorised borrowing limit.

 

2.    The Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2021-2022 as set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

 

3.    The Annual Investment Strategy 2021-2022 as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

4.    The Prudential and Treasury Management Indicators as set out in Appendix 3 to the report.

 

5.    The Annual Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Statement setting out the method used to calculate MRP for 2021-2022 as set out in Appendix 4 to the report.

 

6.    The method used to calculate MRP for 2020-2021 as set out in the Annual MRP Statement approved by Council on 4 March 2020 be amended to the method as set out in Appendix 4 to the report.

 

7.    The Treasury Management Policy Statement and Treasury Management Practices as set out inAppendix 6 to the report.

 

8.    That authority continues to be delegated to the Director of Finance to amend the Treasury Management Policy and Practices and any corresponding changes required to the Treasury Management Strategy, the Prudential and Treasury Management Indicators, the Investment Strategy and the Annual MRP Statement to ensure they remain aligned.  Any amendments would be reported to the Cabinet Member for Resources and Cabinet (Resources) Panel as appropriate.

 

9.    That authority continues to be delegated to the Director of Finance to lower the minimum sovereign rating in the Annual Investment Strategy, in the event of the UK’s credit rating being downgraded by the third credit rating agency, due to the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on the economy.

 

The Cabinet approves:

1.    That authority is delegated to the Cabinet Member for Resources in consultation with the Director of Finance to progress feasibility and investment propositions in a timely manner.  Updates on any propositions would be provided to Cabinet or Cabinet (Resources) Panel in future reports.

 

The Cabinet recommends that Council be asked to note:

1.    That the MRP charge for the financial year 2021-2022 would be £18.2 million; it is forecast to increase to £25.5 million in 2022-2023 (paragraph 2.14 of the report).

 

2.    That Cabinet or Cabinet (Resources) Panel and Council would receive regular Treasury Management reports during 2021-2022 on performance against the key targets and Prudential and Treasury Management Indicators in the Treasury Management Strategy and Investment Strategy as set out in paragraph 2.12 and Appendices 2 and 3 to the report.


 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

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


17/02/2021 - Capital Programme 2020-2021 to 2024-2025 Quarter Three Review and 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 Budget Strategy ref: 5911    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Capital Programme 2020-2021 to 2024-2025 Quarter Three Review and 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 Budget Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 17/02/2021

Decision:

That Council be recommended to approve:

1.    The revised City of Wolverhampton Council Capital Strategy.

2.    The revised, medium term General Revenue account capital programme of £316.4 million, an increase of £1.6 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 5 to the report for:

i.    existing projects totalling £3.8 million;

ii.    new projects totalling £971,000.

 

2.  Continuation of both delegations to the Cabinet Member for Resources, in consultation with the Director of Finance, to approve the allocation of:

i.    The Corporate Contingency to individual projects in order that corporate priorities may be addressed in an agile and timely manner;

 

ii.    The Transformation Development Efficiency Strategy to individual transformation projects in order to benefit from the capital receipts flexibility announced in the Autumn Statement 2015 and in line with the Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

3.  Delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for City Environment, in consultation with the Director of City Environment and Director of Finance, to approve the payments of grants related to the Black Country Blue Network Phase 2 programme where appropriate in order that projects can be progressed in a timely manner.

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

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


17/02/2021 - Determined Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2022-2023 ref: 5915    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Admission Arrangements for 2022-2023.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Decision:

1.      That the Co-ordinated Admission Schemes for secondary and primary school admissions at the normal year of entry for 2022-2023 be approved and that the Secretary of State be notified by 28 February 2021.

 

2.      That the proposed admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools for 2022-2023 be approved.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: David Kirby, Dawn Long, Justine Millard


17/02/2021 - Outcome of the Procurement Process to Appoint an External Operator for the Civic Halls ref: 5917    Recommendations Approved

To consider the outcomes of the Civic Halls operator procurement process.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Wards affected: St Peter's;

Lead officer: Jane Dixon, Michael Hallows


17/02/2021 - Revision to Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy ref: 5916    Recommendations Approved

To approve the revised Housing Assistance Policy.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 18/02/2021

Effective from: 24/02/2021

Decision:

1.      That the revised Wolverhampton Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy be approved effective from 1 April 2021.

 

2.      That it be noted that the Private Sector Housing Assistance Policy continues to delegate authority to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, in consultation with the Director for City Environment to approve discretionary awarding of grants outside the policy in exceptional circumstances via an Individual Executive Decision Notice.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Lynda Eyton, Michelle Garbett, Mila Simpson