Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 17th May 2023 10:00am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

Contact: Mike Bradbury  Email:


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Declarations of Interest in accordance with Standing Order 16

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There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.


Decision notice of the meeting held on 19 April 2023 pdf icon PDF 174 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 19 April 2023 be approved.


Leader's Update

Oral report of the Leader of the Council

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Decision – That the oral report of the Leader of the Council giving an update on a range of issues including businesses and organisations all over Staffordshire coming together to celebrate the King’s Coronation; the Registration Service’s proposal  to give to the parents of every baby born in Staffordshire on 6th May a commemorative mug and invite them to a special event here in county buildings next month; Staffordshire Day, on Monday 1st May, the annual celebration of our wonderful county; helping nature thrive and act on climate change, by encouraging people to take part in “No Mow May” by keeping their lawnmowers locked up during May; additional funding of £5m by the Council to fill more potholes; creating the right conditions for Staffordshire’s economy to grow and create more jobs for our people such as Chatterley Valley in Newcastle, and in support programmes for businesses large, small; the start of Fostering Fortnight, a chance to promote the vital impact our carers make in the lives of some of our most vulnerable children and young people; the launch of a consultation on proposals to improve support for children with special educational needs and disabilities; and the Council’s participation in Diabetes Prevention Week, to encourage more people to help themselves and live fuller lives for longer; be noted.


Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 3 May 2023 pdf icon PDF 116 KB

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Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 3 May 2023 be received.


Staffordshire Means Back to Business - Oral Update

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills


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Decision – That the oral report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills giving an update on “Staffordshire Means Back to Business” activity including the following matters be noted:


·       This month saw an increase of 545 claimants, and the total number of claimants in the county now stands at 16,045 or 3%. The claimant count rate in Staffordshire continues to be one of the lowest in the West Midlands and lower than the average for England of 3.9% of the working age population.


·       The youth claimant count in Staffordshire saw an increase of 60 claimants to a total of 2,935 young people. The proportion of young people in Staffordshire aged 18-24 that are claiming work-related Universal Credit has increased this month from 4.6% to 4.7%, although this remains lower than the national rate of 5% and far lower than the regional rate of 6.7%.


·       Demand for labour and skills however remains high, with there currently being 1.1 jobs available for every claimant within the county, and therefore our focus continues to be to support those that unfortunately find themselves unemployed, to transition into work.


·       The visitor economy accounts for and supports around 33,000 jobs in Staffordshire, contributing around £1.87 billion to the local economy.  However, the visitor economy and wider hospitality sectors have faced challenges and opportunities in recent years. We continue to recognise the importance of this sector and supporting the visitor economy is a key part of the delivery of our overall Economic Strategy.  As part of VisitEngland’s national reform of Destination Management Organisations, in early 2023 we were invited to submit an Expression of Interest to become a Local Visitor Economy Partnership. This national programme is expected to create around 40 strategic partnerships which will work in collaboration locally, regionally and nationally on shared priorities and targets to support and grow the visitor economy and have the potential to bring significant benefits to the county, including through access to support and future funding programmes.  After receiving positive feedback on our submission, we were invited to develop a full application to which we received a positive response. Tomorrow I am involved in further discussions including with VisitEngland with a view to securing a Local Visitor Economy Partnership for the area and will hopefully be able to announce a positive outcome in the not too distant future.


It was the eighth Staffordshire Day at the start of month, with this year’s theme being sustainability and giving us all a chance to celebrate the many ways the county is doing its bit to reduce its impact on the environment. It was great to see that there were so many events that took place across the county, including a food festival at Trentham Estate, a family fun day at the National Memorial Arboretum and a plant hunter’s fair at Weston Park featuring plants from all over the world. On Staffordshire Day, We Are Staffordshire also launched its new campaign, A Place to Thrive, which highlights the county’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 142.


Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) Consultation Feedback, Policy Changes, Re-use and HWRC Network Improvements to Date pdf icon PDF 216 KB

Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change

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“We are committed to providing an efficient and effective HWRC network for Staffordshire residents.


The proposed changes aim to address the issue of queuing on HWRC sites due to trade waste vehicles taking space and considerable time to offload waste.


We have listened to what people had to say and believe permits for residents with vans or trailers and only accepting trade waste within Staffordshire will be the best to make sure households can dispose of their waste quickly and efficiently. There will be no change to Staffordshire residents disposing of waste in cars and disposal of non-chargeable items will remain the same for both residents requiring and not requiring permits.”


Simon Tagg, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change


Reasons for the Decision – To consider policy changes to control the use of the Council’s HWRC network and minimise both operational and financial pressures and to reflect operational changes since the network came in-house.


Decision – (a) That the feedback from the public consultation which have informed recommended HWRC Policy changes be noted.


(b) That the recommended HWRC Policy changes be approved.


(c) That the Waste and Sustainability Service be authorised to implement the HWRC Policy changes and any legislative changes to be made to HWRC Policies


(d) That the Director of Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change, be authorised to implement a new re -use competition process to put in place an operational model that provides a service to the residents of Staffordshire County Council for implementation from April 2024.


(e) That the improvements made to date on the HWRC network be noted.


(f) That the Cabinet’s thanks be extended to staff at the HWRCs for the improvements they have made which have led to increased customer satisfaction levels.


Household Support Fund pdf icon PDF 260 KB

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

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“The Household Support Fund helps families to meet with their day-to-day living costs. One of our priorities as a county council is to ensure those most in need in Staffordshire are supported, particularly when there are additional cost of living pressures. We’re pleased to be able to deliver a scheme to our residents which has made a real difference over the last two-and-a-half years.”


Marl Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People


Reasons for the Decision – To consider the impact of the delivery of the Household Support Fund (HSF) grant on local residents to date and the plan for the financial year 2023/24


Decision – (a) That the impact of the Household Support Fund in supporting residents in need of financial assistance be acknowledged.


(b) That the anticipated receipt of £11,013,096.00 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in relation to the HSF be acknowledged.


(c) That the planned proposals for the usage of the HSF in Staffordshire for the financial year 2023/24 be endorsed.


(d) That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, in consultation with the Director for Families and Communities, to decide the delivery and eligibility criteria for distribution of the HSF in Staffordshire, and to take all other subsequent decisions to ensure that this support gets to those who need it as quickly as possible. This includes any decisions in respect of extensions to the Scheme or additional funding, ensuring Cabinet are fully briefed on any such extensions or spending.


(e) That the flexibility to amend the amount of funding proposed for each scheme to ensure we can meet the demand or need due to the spend outlined being anticipated be approved.


(f) That the extension of the current arrangements in place with Hemingways digital voucher, Beat the Cold and Community Foundation for Staffordshire for a further 12 months be approved.



Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 153 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 21 June to 18 October 2023, which detailed the following issues, was approved:


Subject Matter


Integrated Performance - Outturn Report 2022/23

Name: Rachel Spain/

Wendy Tompson

Tel: (01785) 854455/

(01785) 854267

Joint Coroners Service - Legal Framework and Financial Protocol

Name: Catherine Mann

Tel: (01785) 278320

Maintenance and Minor Works Framework

Name: Ian Turner

Tel: (01785) 277228

Volunteering for Staffordshire County Council

Name: Catherine Mann

Tel: (01785) 278320

Community Learning Ofsted Inspection and Accountability Agreement 2023-2024

Name: Anthony Baines

Tel: (01785) 895984

'Living My Best Life' - A Strategy for Disabled and Neurodivergent People in Staffordshire 2023-2028

Name: Andrew Jepps

Tel: (01785) 278557

Treasury Management Outturn Report 2022/23

Name: Rob Salmon

Tel: (01785) 276354

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 1, 2023/24

Name: Rachel Spain/

Wendy Tompson

Tel: (01785) 854455/

(01785) 854267

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 2, 2023/24

Name: Rachel Spain/

Wendy Tompson

Tel: (01785) 854455/

(01785) 854267









Alan White

Leader of the Council