Agenda and decisions

Executive
Tuesday, 8th September, 2020 10.30 am

Venue: Committee Room 1 - City Hall, Bradford

Contact: Jill Bell / Yusuf Patel 

Items
No. Item

1.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

2.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 June and 7 July 2020 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Jill Bell / Yusuf Patel - 01274 434580 434579)

 

3.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Jill Bell / Yusuf Patel - 01274 434580 434579)

4.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE EXECUTIVE

To note any recommendations to the Executive that may be the subject of report to a future meeting.  (Schedule to be tabled at the meeting). 

 

 (Jill Bell / Yusuf Patel - 01274 434580 434579)

 

LEADER OF COUNCIL & CORPORATE

(Councillor Hinchcliffe)

10.

PARTNER-FUTURE PENSION ARRANGEMENTS-TREATMENT AS A SUBSUMPTION BODY IN THE WEST YORKSHIRE PENSION FUND

The Director of Finance will submit a report (NFP Document “CD”) which sets out the context and considerations in relation to a request from a Partner Organisation for the Council to guarantee Pension Fund arrangements in the form of a subsumption.

 

Recommended –

 

That the recommendations set out in Not for Publication Document “” be approved.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Corporate

                                                        (Chris Chapman – 01274 433656)

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That consideration of this matter be deferred to a future meeting.

 

ACTION: Director of Finance

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Corporate

                                                   

    (Chris Chapman – 01274 433656)

 

5.

WEST YORKSHIRE DEVOLUTION CONSULTATION AND NEXT STEPS pdf icon PDF 324 KB

The Chief Executive will submit a report (Document “BZ”) which provides an update on devolution for West Yorkshire and the progress towards a Mayoral Combined Authority. It considers the outcomes of the recent Devolution consultation managed through West Yorkshire Combined Authority, including responses from across Bradford District. This follows the recent Executive report “Devolution Deal for West Yorkshire – Review of Governance Arrangements (and which proposed the Consultation process) considered on 19th May 2020.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       To consider the Summary of Consultation Responses attached as Appendix 1 to this report and endorse its conclusions.

 

(2)       To agree in principle to the Summary of Consultation Responses and representations set out in Appendix one being submitted to the Secretary of State by 11 September, and to jointly delegate authority to the Managing Director of the Combined Authority, in consultation with the Leader and Chief Executive of each Constituent Council and the Chair of the Combined Authority, to finalise and submit these documents.

 

(3)       To note the updated timetable set out in Appendix 2 to this report and the next steps which are subject to the consent being given by the Constituent Councils and Combined Authority, to the draft Order in November 2020 so that a mayoral combined authority model and associated changes may be adopted and implemented by May 2021, as set out in the Deal.

 

(4)       To refer this report and appendices to Council to consider, provide any comments and endorse the Executive decisions taken.

 

(5)       To resolve that this decision is exempt from call-in on the grounds of urgency, for the reasons set out in paragraph 6.1 of Document “BZ”.

 

Overview & Scrutiny Committee: Corporate

 

(Phil Witcherley – 01274 431241)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the Summary of Consultation Responses attached as Appendix 1 to Document “BZ” and its conclusions be endorsed.

 

(2)       That the Summary of Consultation Responses and representations set out in Appendix 1 to Document “BZ” be agreed in principle to being submitted to the Secretary of State by 11 September 2020, and to jointly delegate authority to the Managing Director of the Combined Authority, in consultation with the Leader and Chief Executive of each Constituent Council and the Chair of the Combined Authority, to finalise and submit these documents.

 

(3)       That the updated timetable set out in Appendix 2 to Document “BZ” and the next steps be noted which are subject to the consent being given by the Constituent Councils and Combined Authority, to the draft Order in November 2020 so that a mayoral combined authority model and associated changes may be adopted and implemented by May 2021, as set out in the Deal.

 

(4)       That Document “BZ” and the associated appendices be referred to Council to consider, provide any comments and endorse the Executive decisions taken.

 

(5)       That this decision is exempt from call-in on the grounds of urgency, for the reasons set out in paragraph 6.1 to Document “BZ”.

 

ACTION: Chief Executive

 

Overview & Scrutiny Committee: Corporate

 

(Phil Witcherley – 01274 431241)

 

6.

MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY UPDATE, 2020/21 TO 2022/23.THE REPORT ALSO SEPARATELY OUTLINES THE IMMEDIATE NEED FOR THE LOCAL TEST & TRACE SERVICE EXPANSION IN 2020/21 TO HELP MANAGE A REDUCTION IN COVID-19 INFECTIONS; AND AN IMMEDIATE NEED TO DLIVER THE CARE HOME RESILIENCE PLAN pdf icon PDF 337 KB

The Director of Finance will submit a report (Document “CA”) that sets out the financial envelope for the Council to deliver its key priorities as set out in the revised Corporate Plan.

 

Prior to Covid, the outlook for Council Finances looked significantly healthier than at any point since 2010. The impact of Covid-19 on Council services through additional expenditure and reducing income, coupled with the impact on the wider economy have now altered that outlook for the worse and have added a great deal of additional uncertainty. Additional pressures on Childrens Social Care, the impact of Brexit, and delays to Government reforms of Local Government finance also add further pressures and uncertainties.

 

The revised forecast identifies for planning purposes a financial gap of £47.9m in 2021-22, reducing to c£42.3m in 2022/23.

 

Seperately, the report also recommends approval of immediate funding in 2020/21 for the expansion of the Local Test and Trace service. The £1.6m of funding to derive from £300k of remaining Test & Trace Grant, £380k of Public Health Grant, with the remainder deriving from Council Financial resources in leiu of any additional Government Funding.

The report also recommends approval of immediate funding in 2020/21 for the delivery of the Care Home Resilience plan

 

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That having considered the Medium Term Financial Strategy as an assessment of the Council’s financial outlook to 2023/24 , and a framework for it to remain financially viable and deliver sustainable public services, in line with its priorities, that Executive recommends the updated and revised Medium Term Financial Strategy at Appendix 1 to Document “CA”.

 

(2)       That the Executive approve the investment of £1.6m into the expansion of the Local Test & Trace service as outlined in Appendix 2 to Document “CA” Option 2. The £1.6m of funding to derive from £300k of remaining Test & Trace Grant, £380k of Public Health Grant, with the remainder deriving from Council Financial resources in leiu of any additional Government Funding.

 

(3)       That the Executive approve the investment of £264k to enable the delivery of the Care Home Resilience Plan, to be funded from Council Financial resources in leiu of any additional Government Funding

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Corporate

 

(Andrew Cross - 07870 386523)

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That having considered the Medium Term Financial Strategy as an      assessment of the Council’s financial outlook to 2023/24 , and a            framework for it to remain financially viable and deliver           sustainable public services, in line with its priorities, that             Executive notes the updated and revised Medium Term Financial            Strategy at Appendix 1 to Document “CA”.

 

(2)       That the investment of £1.6m into the expansion of the Local Test & Trace service as outlined in Appendix 2 to Document “CA” Option 2 be approved. The £1.6m of funding to derive from £300k of remaining Test & Trace Grant, £380k of Public Health Grant, with the remainder deriving from Council Financial resources in lieu of any additional Government Funding.

 

(3)       That the investment of £264k to enable the delivery of the Care Home Resilience Plan be approved, to be funded from Council Financial resources in lieu of any additional Government Funding.

 

ACTION: Director of Finance

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Corporate

 

(Andrew Cross - 07870 386523)

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PORTFOLIO

(Councillor Farley)

7.

THE TFD CENTRE EARLY HELP AND PREVENTION ALL AGE HUB pdf icon PDF 158 KB

The Strategic Director Children’s Services will submit a report (Document “CB”) which presents the background, model, approach and benefits of an all age Early Help and Prevention hub at the TFD Centre in Holme Wood.   As part of a developing District wide approach across sectors and partners the hub will help build capacity within communities to prevent problems arising, support children, young people, families and adults sooner, and reduce the demand for more costly interventions at a later date. These changes are taking place against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and significant reductions in public spending.

 

Recommended –

 

That Executive approve the project and incorporate the financial implications within the capital programme subject to PAG agreeing the capital investment.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Children’s Services

 

Lisa Brett

Phone: (01274) 431610

(Lisa Brett - 01274 431610)

 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the Executive approves the project and incorporates the financial implications within the capital programme, subject to PAG agreeing the capital investment.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director Children’s Services

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Children’s Services

 

 (Lisa Brett - 01274 431610)

 

 

REGENERATION, PLANNING & TRANSPORT PORTFOLIO

(Councillor Ross-Shaw)

8.

REVIEW OF THE COUNCIL'S COMMUNITY ASSET TRANSFER POLICY AND ASSETS OF COMMUNITY VALUE PROCESS pdf icon PDF 159 KB

The Community Asset Transfer policy and process was approved by the Executive in 2015 and the Assets of Community Value process was approved by the Executive in 2012.  The Strategic Director Corporate Resources will submit a report (Document “CC”) which sets out proposed changes to update both policies and processes and seeks Executive’s approval to both.

 

In addition, on the 19th March 2019, Full Council requested that the Executive considered four matters regarding Community Asset Transfers, and this report addresses each of the matters raised

 

Recommended –

 

(1)          That the new Community Asset Transfer policy and revised process attached to this report be approved.

 

(2)          That authority be provided to the Strategic Director Corporate Resources in consultation with the Director of Finance and City Solicitor to approve disposals (including any disposals at ‘less than Best Consideration’) under the new Community Asset Transfer policy and revised process.

 

(3)          That the amendments to the Assets of Community Value process are adopted without amendment.

 

(4)          That Executive have considered Full Council’s proposals and determined:

 

·         Not to offer an affordable loan product

·         To enhance the toolkit already provided

·         That the Community Infrastructure Levy cannot be used to provide funding towards Community Asset Transfer Projects or consider Community Asset Transfer requests for Community Infrastructure Levy alongside other requests

·         To improve the community’s awareness of finance options

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Regeneration & Environment

 

(Neil Charlesworth – 01274 433622)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)          That the new Community Asset Transfer policy and revised process attached to Document “CC”be approved.

 

(2)          That authority be provided to the Strategic Director Corporate Resources in consultation with the Director of Finance and City Solicitor to approve disposals (including any disposals at ‘less than Best Consideration’) under the new Community Asset Transfer policy and revised process.

 

(3)          That the amendments to the Assets of Community Value process be adopted without amendment.

 

(4)          That Executive have considered Full Council’s proposals determined:

 

·         Not to offer an affordable loan product

·         To enhance the toolkit already provided

·         That the Community Infrastructure Levy cannot be used to provide funding towards Community Asset Transfer Projects or consider Community Asset Transfer requests for Community Infrastructure Levy alongside other requests

·         To improve the community’s awareness of finance options

 

ACTION: Strategic Director Corporate Resources

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Regeneration & Environment

 

(Neil Charlesworth – 01274 433622)