Decisions

Decisions published

03/08/2022 - Application for Discretionary Top Up Rate Relief ref: 11305    For Determination

This report seeks consideration to approve the award of discretionary top-up rate relief to a non-profit making organisation under the provisions of section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (as amended by section 69 of the Localism Act 2011).

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services

Decision published: 03/08/2022

Effective from: 12/08/2022

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

That the application from Southport Offshore Rescue Trust for 20% discretionary top up rate relief for the financial year 2022-2023 amounting to £8,704.00 be approved.

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust is a registered charity, registered with the Charities Commission, Registration number 1146805 and in line with other registered charities is entitled to 80% mandatory rate relief in respect of their business rate liability at Southport Lifeboat Station, Marine Drive, PR8 1SD.

 

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust provide lifeboat and land-based search and rescue services along the Sefton coast. The main aim of the organisation is the preservation of life along the Southport coastline. Indeed, Southport Lifeboat has helped in the safe return of over 400 people since being formed.

 

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust pay no salaries and all members and Trustee Directors are volunteers who provide and commit their time freely. They are not part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and therefore do not receive any funding from them.

 

The organisation relies on income from its charity shop, lottery, and public donations to be able to purchase essential life-saving equipment. An award of relief will enable the organisation re-allocate funds to the purchase of equipment that will positively impact the safety of Sefton’s coastline.

 

Under rate retention 99% of discretionary top up rate relief must borne by the Council and 1% by the Fire Authority.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust has applied for 20% discretionary top up rate relief to reduce their rate liability at Southport Lifeboat Station, Marine Drive, PR8 1SD for the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

 

The discretionary top up rate relief application can be refused, or a different percentage of relief granted, as shown in the table below: -

 

 

2022-2023

5% Relief

10% Relief

15% Relief

20% Relief

Reduction in Non-Domestic Rates Income

£2,176.00

£4,352.00

£6,528.00

£8,704.00

 

 

 

 

 

Funded by Sefton Council 99%

£2,154.24

£4,308.48

£6,462.72

£8,616.96

 

 

 

 

 

Funded by Fire Authority 1%

£21.76

£43.52

£65.28

£87.04

 

 

Wards affected: Dukes;

Lead officer: Mark Barry


03/08/2022 - Annual HR Monitoring Report ref: 11304    For Determination

To provide the Cabinet Member with information about Sefton’s workforce to comply with the specific duties of the Equality Act 2010. The Act requires listed bodies to publish sufficient information to demonstrate that they have complied with the general equality duty across their functions.  The information will also assist in identifying areas for improvement. 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services

Decision published: 03/08/2022

Effective from: 12/08/2022

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

(i)             Publication of the information in this report be approved.

 

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

(i)             To comply with the legal requirements of the specific duties of the Equality Act 2010.

(ii)            To improve the Council’s performance management and workforce planning processes.

 

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

It is a legal requirement to publish this information.  Publication is required annually.

 

Lead officer: Geraldine Evans


02/08/2022 - Application for Discretionary Rate Relief ref: 11302    Awaiting Implementation

This report seeks consideration to approve an award of discretionary rate relief to a non-profit making organisation under the provisions of section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (as amended by section 69 of the Localism Act 2011).

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services

Decision published: 02/08/2022

Effective from: 11/08/2022

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

That the application from Conquer Life CIC for 80% discretionary rate relief amounting to £395.81 for the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 and £10,319.32 for the financial year 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 be approved.

 

The discretionary rate relief applied for is in respect of the premises known as The Linacre, 46 Linacre Lane, Bootle, L20 5AL.

 

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

Conquer Life CIC has already been providing a valuable service to the young residents of Sefton since 2018 at its previous base in Bootle by increasing employment opportunities, promoting academic success and health and wellbeing whilst also dealing with social issues such as crime, gang culture, inequality, poverty, and deprivation.

 

Conquer Life CIC has recently taken out a 30-year lease of the former Linacre Public House on Linacre Lane and turned it in to a Community Centre for 7–18-year-olds. The property had been vacant for many years prior to Conquer Life CIC’s occupation and had fallen into a state of disrepair.

 

At its previous base, Conquer Life CIC received Small Business Rates Relief therefore no Business Rates were due. At The Linacre, the organisation does not qualify for any mandatory relief therefore is responsible for 100% of the Business Rates liability.

 

The amount of discretionary rate relief being recommended is 80% of the total liability of £13,393.91 from the period of occupation on 18 March 2022 to the end of the current financial year on 31 March 2023. This is in line with mandatory relief given to similar organisations, but who are registered with the Charity Commission.

 

A discretionary rate relief award for 18 March 2022 to 31 March 2023 will go some way to securing the long-term viability of the organisation.

 

Under rate retention, 99% of discretionary relief must be borne by the Council and 1% by the Fire Authority.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

Conquer Life CIC has applied for 100% rate relief to reduce their rate liability at The Linacre, 46 Linacre Lane, Bootle, L20 5AL from 4 January 2022, their date of occupation, to 31 March 2023. However, due to The Linacre not being open until 18 March 2022 and in line with the amount of relief awarded to similar organisations, it is recommended that the organisation receives 80% discretionary relief from 18 March 2022 only.

 

The organisation’s Business Rates liability for 18 March 2022 to 31 March 2022 is £494.76 and for 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 is £12,899.15. Therefore it is recommended that it receives 80% discretionary rate relief of £395.81 for 18 March 2022 to 31 March 2022 and 80% discretionary rate relief of £10,319.32 for 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023. The total discretionary rate relief for 18 March 2022 to 31 March 2023 would be £10,715.13.

 

The discretionary rate relief application can be refused, or a different percentage of relief granted, as shown in the tables below: -

 

2021-2022 

25% Relief

50% Relief

75% Relief

100% Relief

 

Reduction in Non-Domestic Rates Income

 

 

£123.69

 

 

£247.38

 

 

£371.07

 

 

£494.76

 

 

 

 

 

Funded by Sefton Council 99%

 

£122.45

 

£244.91

 

£367.36

 

£489.81

 

 

 

 

 

Funded by Fire Authority 1%

 

£1.24

 

£2.47

 

£3.71

 

£4.95

2022-2023 

25% Relief

50% Relief

75% Relief

100% Relief

 

Reduction in Non-Domestic Rates Income

 

 

£3,224.79

 

 

£6,449.58

 

 

£9,674.36

 

 

£12,899.15

 

 

 

 

 

Funded by Sefton Council 99%

 

£3,192.54

 

£6,385.08

 

£9,577.62

 

£12,770.16

 

 

 

 

 

Funded by Fire Authority 1%

 

£32.25

 

£64.50

 

£96.74

 

£128.99

 

 

Wards affected: Litherland;

Lead officer: Mark Barry


02/08/2022 - Application for Discretionary Top Up Rate Relief ref: 11303    For Determination

This report seeks consideration to reject the award of discretionary top-up rate relief to a non-profit making organisation under the provisions of section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (as amended by section 69 of the Localism Act 2011).

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services

Decision published: 02/08/2022

Effective from: 11/08/2022

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

That the application from Hypha Studios for 20% discretionary top up rate relief for the period 18 January 2022 to 31 March 2022 amounting to £399.36 be rejected.

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

Hypha Studios is a registered charity, registered with the Charities Commission, Registration number 1194915 and in line with other registered charities are entitled to 80% mandatory rate relief in respect of their business rate liability at 20 London Street, Southport, PR9 0UE.

 

The organisation expects to receive grant funding from the Arts Council and income through donations of approximately £50,000 sufficient to cover the rate liability after the award of mandatory charitable relief.

 

Under rate retention, 99% of discretionary top up rate relief must borne by the Council and 1% by the Fire Authority.

 

No unique or specific service has been identified that justifies the additional 20% top up relief.

 

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

The ratepayer has applied for 20% discretionary top up rate relief to reduce their rate liability at 20 London Street, Southport, PR9 0UE for the period 18th January 2022 to 31st March 2022.

 

The discretionary top up rate relief application can be refused, or a different percentage of relief granted, as shown in the table below: -

 

 

2021-2022

5% Relief

10% Relief

15% Relief

20% Relief

Reduction in Non-Domestic Rates Income

£99.84

£199.68

£299.52

£399.36

 

 

 

 

 

Funded by Sefton Council 99%

£98.84

£197.68

£296.52

£395.36

 

 

 

 

 

Funded by Fire Authority 1%

£1.00

£2.00

£3.00

£4.00

 

 

 

Wards affected: Dukes;

Lead officer: Mark Barry


02/08/2022 - Liverpool Road, Birkdale - proposed Disabled Parking Places. ref: 11301    For Determination

To seek approval for the progression of a Traffic Regulation Order, the effect of which will relocate existing Disabled Parking Places in Birkdale Village.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Locality Services - Deputy Leader

Decision published: 02/08/2022

Effective from: 11/08/2022

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

(1)  the implementation of a Traffic Regulation Order be approved, the effect of which will revoke the existing Disabled Parking Places on the north-east side of Liverpool Road, Birkdale, from a point 10 metres south of the southerly kerb line of Abbey Gardens to a point 22 metres south of the southerly kerb line of Abbey Gardens;

(2)  the implementation of a Traffic Regulation Order be approved, the effect of which will revoke the ‘Limited Waiting’ bay on the north-east side of Liverpool Road, from a point 20 metres south-east of the south-easterly kerb line of Alma Road to a point 10 metres south of the southerly kerb line of Abbey Gardens;

(3)  the implementation of a Traffic Regulation Order be approved, the effect of which will revoke the ‘Limited Waiting’ bay on the north-east side of Liverpool Road, from a point 22 metres south of the southerly kerb line of Abbey Gardens to a point 21 metres north-west of the north-westerly kerb line of Bolton Road;

(4)  the implementation of a Traffic Regulation Order be approved, the effect of which will introduce Disabled Parking Places on the north-east side of Liverpool Road, from a point 34.2 metres north-west of the north-west kerbline of Bolton Road to a point 21 metres north-west of the north-west kerbline of Bolton Road;

(5)  the implementation of a Traffic Regulation Order be approved, the effect of which will introduce a ‘Limited Waiting’ bay on the north-east side of Liverpool Road (Mon -Sat 9am – 6.30pm, maximum duration of stay – 2 Hours in any 3 Hours), from a point 20 metres south-east of the south-easterly kerb line of Alma Road to a point 34.2 metres north-west of the north-west kerbline of Bolton Road;

(6)  the necessary legal procedures, including those of public consultation and advertising the Council’s intention to implement the Order, be approved;

(7)  in the event that no objections are received during the consultation process referred to in (6) above, the Chief Legal & Democratic Officer be authorised to make the Order and the Highway Management Manager be authorised to implement the Order; and in the event that objections are received during the consultation process, the matter be referred to Licensing & Regulatory Committee for consideration in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

The Council has the power to revoke a Traffic Regulation Order (Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984) as well as the power to make a new Traffic Regulation Order (Section 1 of that Act). Authorisation to advertise new Traffic Regulation Orders falls under the remit of Cabinet Member Locality Services.

 

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

None

 

Wards affected: Birkdale;

Lead officer: Steve Johnston


20/07/2022 - Accessible Communications Policy 2022 -2024 ref: 11300    Awaiting Implementation

This report is to seek approval for the updates in the Accessible Communications Policy 2022 (Appendix A) from the original in 2016 and update in 2020.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services

Decision published: 28/07/2022

Effective from: 06/08/2022

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

That the updated Accessible Communications Policy 2022 at Appendix A be approved.

 

Reasons for the Recommendation(s):

 

The Council is required by law to implement such a policy and it is recognised good

practice. NHS England Accessible Information Standard states Councils need to have

an Accessible Communication’s Policy. The Equalities Act also requires the Council to make reasonable adjustments and the Care Act 2014 requires good quality, useable

information to be provided to the public.

The existing policy has been updated to reflect the changes to the guidance for public service websites.  The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (known as WCAG 2.1) are an internationally recognised set of recommendations for improving web accessibility.

They explain how to make digital services, websites and apps accessible to everyone, including users with impairments to their:

·       vision - like severely sight impaired (blind), sight impaired (partially sighted) or colour blind people

·       hearing - like people who are deaf or hard of hearing

·       mobility - like those who find it difficult to use a mouse or keyboard

·       thinking and understanding - like people with dyslexia, autism or learning difficulties.

 

Services must achieve WCAG 2.1 level AA as part of meeting government accessibility requirements.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

There are no alternative options.

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Anglesea


26/07/2022 - Allocation of Dept of Working Pensions Section 31 local authority grant for Individual Placement and Support (IPS) 2022-2025 ref: 11299    Awaiting Implementation

Sefton Council have been successful in securing revenue-only funding for the delivery of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment support in community drug and alcohol treatment services.  

 

This funding is from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) through the support of the Office for Health Improvement & Disparities (OHID). A total sum of £317,953 has been identified for Sefton. The breakdown of funding is £87,996 (part year) for 22/23, and indicative allocations of up to £113,868 for 23/24 and £116,088 for 24/25 has been allocated, subject to annual confirmation from HM Treasury.  This grant will be provided pursuant to section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003. This is a three-year funding scheme running from April 2022 to March 2025, to support the delivery of the IPS approach.

 

The Contract Procedure Rules require the authorisation of a Cabinet Member to allocate £317,953 to the current provider of Substance Use: Assessment, Treatment and Recovery Services CGL for delivery of the support approved within the funded proposal.

 

There is provision for this allocation via a contract variation under Regulation 72 of the Public Contract Regulations which states:

 

“Contracts and framework agreements may be modified without a new procurement procedure in accordance with this Part in any of the following cases:

(c)where all of the following conditions are fulfilled: —

(i)the need for modification has been brought about by circumstances which a diligent contracting authority could not have foreseen;

(ii)the modification does not alter the overall nature of the contract;

(iii)any increase in price does not exceed 50% of the value of the original contract or framework agreement.

 

The funding was not available at the initial procurement by the LA in April 2021. We were only aware of the possibility of IPS funding for Sefton in March 2022.

 

The intended beneficiaries are already engaged in the Substance Use: Assessment, Treatment and Recovery Services commissioned from CGL by the council.

 

The additional grant funding does not exceed 50% of the original contract annual value.

 

Under the Terms of the Grant expenditure must be incurred within a time period of July 2022 to April 2024. Delivery of outcomes will be monitored nationally via OHID.  Failure to comply with the Grant requirements may result in the recall of all or part of the funding.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Health and Wellbeing

Decision published: 26/07/2022

Effective from: 04/08/2022

Decision:

Decision(s):

 

(1) The proposed contract variation to the current contract with Change, Grow, Live for the current service be approved, to deliver the funded IPS interventions.

 

(2) Authority be delegated to the Head of Health and Wellbeing / Director of Public Health to formalise the agreement to add via a contract variation an additional £317,953 to the contract with CGL for the provision of Substance Use: Assessment, Treatment and Recovery Services.

 

Reasons for the Decision(s):

 

·       The external funder has approved the intended approach.

·       The allocation of £317,953 is to support entry into employment for the local substance use population.

·       The potential beneficiaries will have an already established relationship with the service provider.

·       The proposal involves enhancing existing interventions provided by the service to support recovery for clients who are engaged in or exiting treatment from the service.

·       The service provider has well established Recovery pathways in place across the system and experience of delivery of IPS in other areas of Merseyside and are best placed to successfully implement the programme.

 

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)

 

The other option would be to procure another provider to deliver against the funding and this has been rejected due to economic and operational reasons. CGL already has sub contractual arrangements in place to provide the IPS service under the same Grant requirements in other substance use services across Merseyside including Knowsley and Wirral. The proposed option will provide some economies of scale and can be operationalised quickly and efficiently based on experience from elsewhere.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Julie Tierney