Agenda for Cabinet on Thursday 7th December, 2017, 10.00 am

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room, Town Hall, Bootle

Contact: Ruth Harrison  Democratic Services Manager

Items
No. Item

90.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received.

 

91.

Declarations of Interest

Members are requested to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, which is not already included in their Register of Members' Interests and the nature of that interest, relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the Members Code of Conduct, before leaving the meeting room during the discussion on that particular item.

 

Minutes:

In accordance with Paragraph 9 of the Council’s Code of Conduct, the following declaration of personal interest was made and the Member concerned remained in the room during the consideration of the item:

 

 

Member

Minute No.

Nature of Interest

Councillor Fairclough

Minute No. 95 – Revenue and Capital Budget Update – Treasury Management 2017/18 – Position to October 2017

His employer is referred to in the report

 

 

92.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 2 November 2017

Minutes:

Decision Made:

 

That the minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 2 November 2017 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

93.

The Development of Family Wellbeing Centres pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Director of Social Care and Health

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Social Care and Health in relation to the Development of Family Wellbeing Centres.  The report referred to Council approval in March 2017 of the proposed development of locality working in light of community feedback gathered in recent years and extensive research into early intervention prevention models.  As part of this work the Director of Social Care and Health had worked with others to develop a draft strategic approach for Family Wellbeing Centres, taking into consideration Children Centres, Family Centres, School Readiness funding and the childcare subsidy.  The report provided an update including the public consultation feedback, an equalities analysis and presented options considered and discounted and recommendations for consideration and decision.

 

In developing the proposals relating to locality working and the proposed Family Wellbeing approach the Council had actively listened to the views of the community and the recommendations in the report reflected this.  The community clearly supported the principles of the 0-19 Family and Wellbeing approach and Officers would progress the implementation of this strategic approach, subject to Cabinet considering the information in the report. However, the community did not support the development of three 0-19 Family Wellbeing Centres, and the recommendations in this report take account of this feedback.

 

If the recommendations were to be approved how the change was implemented would be explored and reviewed within the Council and with the Head Teachers and Governing bodies.  The potential decisions and changes if approved were:

 

·       The three 0-19 Family Wellbeing centres not being developed, and early help being wholly delivered by the Children Centres

·       Seaforth not being relocated

·       A new funding methodology to be introduced in 2018 that considered:

·                     The reach (geography) that Family and Children Centre management were responsible for thereby impacting on their budgets

·                     All early help being within Children Centres

·                     A possible impact on the number and type of activities taking place

·                     A possible reduction in opening hours for a number of Family and Children Centres

·                     Management and staffing

·       Officers would work with Health colleagues to look at the potential development of Health and Wellbeing Centres

 

As the locality model developed and the 0-19 strategic approach was implemented the Council and partners would continue to explore future opportunities.  The Council was keen to work with partners to ensure that positive approaches were put in place that would help all members of our community to live happy and healthy lives, with positive approaches in place for those that needed that bit of extra support from time to time.

 

In the future and once current service delivery had been redesigned and the duplication of current Council activity removed, a more integrated model with NHS partners could be reconsidered; as through existing work it was clear that they had an ambition to explore the development of Health and Wellbeing Centres.

 

Prior to determining a course of action in respect of the development of Family Wellbeing Centres the Cabinet:-  

 

(1)

was advised that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children’s Services  ...  view the full minutes text for item 93.

94.

Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment Review pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Report of the Head of Locality Services - Commissioned

Minutes:

Further to Minute No. 27 of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Skills) held on 7 November 2017 the Cabinet considered the report of the Head of Locality Services – Commissioned on the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment Review (PFRA).

 

The report indicated that the Flood Risk Regulations 2009 (FRR 2009) required each Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) to complete a PFRA and identify Flood Risk Areas (FRA) for local flood risk, primarily surface water runoff, groundwater and ordinary watercourses; that in Sefton this was completed in 2011; that FRR 2009 required a review of the PFRA on a 6 year cycle to be coordinated by the Environment Agency; that LLFAs must therefore submit their draft reviews to the Environment Agency by 22 June 2017 to enable the Environment Agency to undertake an internal review and request any changes; and that Sefton Council’s draft review was submitted to the Environment Agency in April 2017.

 

The report also identified that the Environment Agency provided a self- assessment template to be completed by each LLFA and Sefton’s completed template was attached to the report as a background paper; that the September 2012 significant flood event report, investigated as required by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, was contained in annex 1 of the review attached to the report as background paper; and that overall there had been little change to the 2011 PFRA (also attached to the report as a background paper) following the review with much of the understanding remaining unchanged or with minor amendments. There had, however, been improvements or confirmation of understanding particularly in respect of Sefton’s future flood information and the following pieces of work have contributed to our understanding:-

 

·                 Sefton Council PFRA desktop study 2013 to improved understanding of initial PFRA assessment and flood risks.

·                 Modelling of catchments in Formby, Maghull and Seaforth/Litherland.

·                 Groundwater monitoring locations across Sefton.

·                 Sefton Council Local Plan. The plan identified flood risks on development sites.

 

The report concluded by detailing future developments that the PFRA review would feed into the update of Sefton’s Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy 2015-2018, which was currently underway; that the PFRA review would feed into the review of the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Management Plans that operated at a catchment wide scale; that Sefton would continue to seek funding to improve the situation for residents and communities at risk of flooding or coastal erosion; and that Sefton would continue to review and update its understanding of flood risk.

 

Decision made:

 

That the review of the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment prior to submission to the Environment Agency be approved.

Reasons for the decision:

 

The assessment has been completed following guidance documents provided by Defra and the Environment Agency and reflects our best available knowledge.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

 

To not undertaking the review would but this would mean that Sefton Council would fail to undertake a duty in the Flood Risk Regulations 2009, with the likelihood that the Environment Agency  ...  view the full minutes text for item 94.

95.

Revenue and Capital Budget Update - Treasury Management 2017/18 - Position to October 2017 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Report of the Head of Corporate Resources

Minutes:

 

The Cabinet considered the report of the Head of Corporate Resources that provided Members with a review of the Treasury Management activities undertaken to 31 October 2017 which allowed monitoring against the Treasury Management Policy and Strategy statement approved by Cabinet and Council in March 2017.  The report was the second of the ongoing quarterly monitoring reports provided to Audit and Governance Committee, whose role was to carry out scrutiny of treasury management policies and practices.

 

Decision Made:

 

That:

 

(1)        the Treasury Management update to 31 October 2017 be noted;

 

(2)        the effects of decisions taken in pursuit of the Treasury Management Strategy be noted; and

 

(3)        the implications of changes resulting from regulatory, economic and market factors affecting the Council’s treasury management activities be noted.

 

Reasons for the Decision:

 

To ensure that Members are fully appraised of the treasury activity undertaken to 31 October 2017 and to meet the reporting requirements set out in Sefton’s Treasury Management Practices and those recommended by the CIPFA code.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

There were no alternative options considered.

 

 

 

96.

Revenue and Capital Budget Plan 2017/18 – 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Report of the Head of Corporate Resources

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report of the Head of Corporate Resources that informed of the current forecast revenue outturn position for the Council for 2017/18 as at the end of October; the current forecast on Council Tax and Business Rates collection for 2017/18; and the current position of the Capital Programme including an additional request to include a section 106 scheme.

 

Decision made: That

 

 

(1)

the forecast deficit outturn position of £1.790m as at the end of October 2017 be noted and the development of a remedial action plan as set out within the report, with the aim of delivering a balanced in year budget and establish a sustainable position for future years be approved;

 

(2)

the progress to date on the achievement of approved Public  Sector Reform savings for 2017/18 be noted;

 

(3)

the forecast position on the collection of Council Tax and Business Rates for 2017/18 be noted;

 

(4)

the current progress in the delivery of the 2017/18 Capital    Programme and forecast outturn position for the year be noted; and

 

(5)

Council be recommended to approve the inclusion of an additional section 106 scheme in the Capital Programme relating to the installation of a new path in the Netherton and Orrell Ward, as outlined in paragraph 6.9 of the report.

 

Reasons for the Decisions:

 

To ensure that the Cabinet is informed of the forecast outturn position for the 2017/18 revenue and capital budgets as at the end of October 2017 and to provide an updated forecast of the outturn position with regard to the collection of Council Tax and Business Rates; and to seek approval for an additional scheme financed from Section 106 monies, to be included within the Capital Programme.   

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

No alternative options were considered.