Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday 15th May 2024 10:00am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford. View directions

Contact: Mike Bradbury  Email: michael.bradbury@staffordshire.gov.uk

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131.

Declarations of Interest in accordance with Standing Order 16

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There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.??

132.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 17 April 2024 pdf icon PDF 644 KB

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Decision – That the notes of the meeting held on 17 April 2024 be approved.

133.

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 The launch of the Council’s Post-Winter Highways Recovery Plan, a major drive to tackle highway defects; the celebrations on 1 May where communities came together once again to celebrate Staffordshire Day; plans to invest in our countryside to allow more people to enjoy it, to boost our visitor economy and to ensure generations to come can benefit from the amazing green spaces on their doorstep which will include investment in the Country parks at Cannock Chase and Chasewater, and the 92-mile Staffordshire Way; the launch of the Staffordshire Film Office which will help film and TV production companies raise Staffordshire’s profile on the national and international stage and help play a part in growing the county’s economy; the Council’s new partnership with the Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust to provide alcohol and drug support, which is believed to be the first agreement of its kind in this sector and we are proud to be a trailblazer in this field; and Council employee Stefan Andrusychyn’s, together with his wife Denise, who are both blind, appearance on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent where they were unanimously voted through to the next round; be noted.? 

 

The Cabinet also paid tribute Rob Salmon, the Council’s Director of Finance, who was to retire in June after 38 years at the County Council.  They also extended their best wishes to him for a long, happy and healthy retirement.

134.

Minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 1 May 2024 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

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Decision – That the minutes of the meeting of the Property Sub-Committee held on 1 May 2024 be received. 

135.

Staffordshire Means Back to Business

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 a decrease of 85 claimants in Staffordshire, whereas we have seen increases both regionally and nationally. Whilst this is positive news, businesses continue to face challenging economic conditions across the country which is reflected in the overall claimant numbers The total number of claimants in the county now stands at 15,805 and the claimant rate has remained the same at 3.0% of the working age population It is important to note that the claimant count rate in Staffordshire continues to be one of the lowest in the West Midlands, far lower than the average for the region of 5.0%, and lower than the average for England of 3.9%. We will continue to support those residents that unfortunately find themselves out of work to access employment through our dedicated Jobs Brokerage service.

 

·       The youth claimant count in Staffordshire also saw a decrease of 40 claimants this month to a total of 3,015 young people. Decreases were also seen regionally and nationally this month The proportion of young people in Staffordshire aged 18-24 that are claiming work-related Universal Credit has decreased this month from 4.9% to 4.8% Staffordshire continues to be lower than the national rate of 5.2% and far lower than the regional rate of 7.1%. Our focus continues to be to engage with our younger residents and support them to find employment or continue in education and training.

 

·       GivEnergy is an energy storage and management company that opened its headquarters at Lymedale Business Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme last year, supporting the company’s expansion and creating around 40 new jobs in the process This was just the start of the GivEnergy’s plans to help build upon North Staffordshire’s growing reputation as a major renewable energy hotspot The company opened the first phase of its new manufacturing facility earlier this month and has clear plans for continued expansion and growth over the coming years.

 

·            Our Fifty500 programme has highlighted the significant opportunities that exist in supporting the decarbonisation of the A50/A500 corridor, building upon the work of companies like GivEnergy and our research institutions, including Keele University and the continued development of their green energy expertise at the Science and Innovation Park Hydrogen will form a key part of delivering upon the UK’s future energy requirements and it has already been highlighted through our work on the Fifty500 that many companies are currently developing hydrogen technologies across the corridor, including JCB who launched their hydrogen combustion engine early last year.

 

·            Hydrogen presents a particular opportunity to decarbonise the industrial, transport and power sectors, and a huge amount of activity is already taking place.  Much of this activity is coming together through the Hydrogen Valley partnership which is being led by Cadent and National Gas Transmission, with the partnership considering  ...  view the full minutes text for item 135.

136.

Community Learning Accountability Agreement 2024-2025 pdf icon PDF 345 KB

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills

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“Our community learning team provides an invaluable service to our residents, supporting them to gain employment opportunities and manage household budgeting and day-to-day tasks.  

 

The service recently received a Good Ofsted rating – recognising its dedicated team members and learning providers who work hard to deliver high quality courses which make a real difference to people’s lives.  

 

The team works continually to further develop and improve service provision and this agreement for the next academic year focusses on how we intend to support local, regional, and national needs.” 

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Philip White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills?? 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider an update on performance across Community Learning and to approve the draft Accountability Statement which lays out our priorities and targets for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

Decision – (a) That the developments and performance of the service area be acknowledged. 

  

(b) That the Accountability Statement for the 2024-2025 academic year be approved. 

137.

Walleys Quarry: Addressing the Impact on our Communities pdf icon PDF 316 KB

Cabinet Member for Health and Care

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“Residents living and working near Walleys Quarry landfill site have for too long been exposed to foul odour from hydrogen sulphide emissions.  

 

We call for urgent and decisive action by Government to put an end to this situation and protect their health and well-being.” 

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Mike Wilcox, Cabinet Member for Health and Care  

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the ongoing impact of Walleys Quarry landfill site on communities in Newcastle-under-Lyme and a recommendation that the Council adopt a formal policy calling for urgent and decisive action by Government to reduce emissions. 

Decision – That it be agreed that the Council calls for urgent and decisive action by Government to reduce emissions from Walleys Quarry landfill site to protect the health and well-being of local residents. 

138.

Framework Agreement for Roofing Works pdf icon PDF 283 KB

Cabinet Member for Commercial Matters

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“Given the size and scale of Staffordshire’s works it makes sense to ensure we have flexible, long-term contracts that enable certainty and consistency of delivery, while providing value for money for residents.” 

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Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial Matters   

Reasons for the Decision – To consider undertaking a procurement exercise to establish a new framework agreement for the provision of Roofing works. 

Decision – (a) That officers undertake a procurement exercise in compliance with the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) for the Framework Agreement for Roofing Works (the “Framework Agreement”). 

  

(b) That it be agreed that the following shall be delegated to the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Corporate Services: - 

  

·       Approval of the appointment of the successful providers to the Framework Agreement. 

·       Approval of the entering into the Framework Agreement with successful providers to include approval and execution of the final contractual agreements. 

  

(c) That it be noted that any instructions in terms of the framework agreement subsequent call-offs will be approved in accordance the council’s Procurement Regulations. 

139.

Framework Agreement for Staffordshire Garden Waste pdf icon PDF 476 KB

Cabinet Member for Commercial Matters and Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change?

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“This move to simplify multiple contracts will save the taxpayer money and maintain services  

to the district and borough councils. It is part of a wider commitment to provide or commission good quality services for residents at value-for-money prices.” 

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Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial matters 

 

 

“Staffordshire County Council is committed to recycling and reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The efficient and comprehensive collection and composting of garden waste plays a vital part in the overall progress towards that goal.”  

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

Reasons for the Decision – To consider approval to award under a framework agreement for the disposal of Garden Waste for all Districts and Boroughs across Staffordshire. 

Decision – (a) That it be agreed that officers undertake two procurement exercises in compliance with the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) for the Framework Agreements for Staffordshire-wide Garden Waste Disposal (the “Framework Agreement”). 

  

(b) That following the procurement processes, the successful suppliers be appointed to the Framework Agreements. Agreement of the final contractual agreements being delegated to the Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Services. 

  

(c) That it be noted that any instructions in terms of the framework agreement subsequent call-offs will be approved in accordance the council’s Procurement Regulations. 

140.

Decisions taken by Cabinet Members under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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Decision – That the following decisions taken by Cabinet Members under delegated powers be noted:??? 

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Cabinet Member???? 

Decision??? 

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People? 

In approving the proposed expenditure, volumes and delivery arrangements for the Household Support Fund (HSF) in Staffordshire, along with the continuation of the procurement of the Hemingways VEX digital rewards voucher system. 

 

141.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 298 KB

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The Forward Plan of Key Decisions for the period 19 June to 16 October 2024 which detailed the following issues, was approved:??? 

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Subject Matter??? 

Contact??? 

Final Financial Outturn 2023/24? 

 

Name: Rachel Spain? 

Tel:01785 854455? 

Supported Living Commissioning Update?? 

 

Name: Andrew Jepps??? 

Tel: (01785) 278557? 

Staffordshire Bus Strategy 2024 Update   

 

Name: David Atkinson 

Tel: (01785) 277910 

Treasury Management Report for the Year Ended 31 March 2024 

Name: Melanie Stokes 

Tel: (01785) 276330 

Children and Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service?? 

Name: Natasha Moody??? 

Tel: 07976 191079??? 

Digital Innovation Strategy for Staffordshire County Council?? 

Name: Linsey Bissell?? 

Tel: 07855 026263?? 

Communities Strategy   

Name:  Catherine Mann 

Tel: (01785) 278320 

Intelligent Transport Systems Maintenance Contract   

Name:  James Bailey  

Tel: (01785) 276591  

Recommissioning of Contract Arrangements for the Supply of Residential and Nursing Care Home Placement 

Name:  Andrew Jepps  

Tel: (01785) 278557  

Delivery Plan and Updates for the Housing With Care Strategy, and Day Care Services 

Name:  Andrew Jepps   

Tel: (01785) 278557   

Additional Nursing Capacity 

Name: Helen Trousdale   

Tel: (01785) 27700  

 

142.

Exclusion of the Public

The Chairman to move:

 

“That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of Local Government Act 1972 indicated below”.

 

 

Part Two

(All reports in this section are exempt)

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“That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Local Government Act 1972 indicated below”.?? 

 

PART TWO 

 

143.

Stafford Town Centre Update - Eastgate Development

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills

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(Exemption paragraph 3)?? 

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Reasons for the Decision – To consider an update on developments in Stafford town centre including those of interest to Staffordshire County Council.

 

Decision – That the recommendations contained in the report be agreed.?