Agenda and minutes

Venue: County Hall, Oxford, OX11ND

Contact: Sue Whitehead  Tel: (01865) 810262; E-Mail:  sue.whitehead@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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100/09

Minutes pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To confirm the minutes of the extraordinary meeting held on 7 September 2009 (CA3)) and the meeting on 15 September 2009 (CA3(b)) and to receive for information any matters arising therefrom.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meetings held on 7 September 2009 and 15 September 2009 were both approved and signed subject to the following agreed amendment to Minute 85/09 (paragraph 4) of the15 September minutes:

 

“Councillor Waine replied that (i) the ‘Readiness to Deliver’ document was quite clear regarding Transformation Strategy and he proceeded to read out the relevant part of the document……”

 

 

 

 

101/09

Petitions and Public Address

Minutes:

The following requests to address the meeting  had been agreed:

 

Speaker

Item

 

Councillor Altaf-Khan (Shadow Cabinet Member for Schools Improvement)

 

8. St Nicholas CE Primary Schhool

Councillor Armitage (Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance & Property)

 

9. Property Portfolio

Councillor Fooks (Deputy Leader of the Opposition)

10. Q1 Performance Management

 

102/09

Questions from Councillors

Minutes:

Councillor Fooks had given notice of the following question to the Deputy Leader of the Council:

 

“The recent move of CYP&F to County Hall was marred by lack of training of staff in how to use the ICT and new telephone system.  Was adequate provision made for the training needed by these staff?  How does the training budget of Oxfordshire County Council compare with the training budgets of other local authorities?”

 

Councillor Robertson:

 

The recent move of CYP&F staff to County Hall had taken place as part of the County Council’s Better Offices Programme with a package of help and support provided for such moves - including IT and telephony. This had proved to be very effective in previous office moves. The CYP&F relocation had unearthed some additional IT and telephony needs and these had been quickly identified and measures put in place to address them. Providing an ICT help desk in the County Hall reception area was one example - affording some 1 on 1 support to individuals requiring it.

 

With regard to the Council’s training budget, there was a clear and robust Learning & Development (L&D) planning process in place which captured and addressed L&D needs across the whole organisation and prioritised delivery of appropriate solutions to meet those needs. This included investment in ICT training. Our training budget benchmarked well against other local authorities and rated above average in the latest Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) survey. 

 

Supplementary Question:

 

Was the Deputy Leader aware of problems of calls not being put through because of the overuse of voice mail.

 

Councillor Robertson: if that was common practice he shared that concern and would discuss with relevant officers how those problems could be addressed.  He would let have Counciillor Fooks have a full written response.

 

 

103/09

Adult Social Care Inspection

Cabinet Member: Adult Services

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/100

Contact: John Jackson, Director of Social & Community Services Tel: (01865)

323572, Steve Thomas, Performance Information Manager Tel:

(01865) 323609

 

Report by Director for Social & Community Services

 

There  will be a presentation from the Care Quality

Commission on their recent Independence, Wellbeing and choice inspection of social care services.

Minutes:

Sue Talbot from the Care Quality Commission presented the findings of the recent Independence, Wellbeing and Choice Inspection of social care services.

 

Mrs Talbot outlined the role of the Commission as the independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England making sure that high quality health and social care was provided for everyone, whether that’s in hospital, in care homes, in people’s own homes, or elsewhere.

 

The Commission concluded that with regard to;

 

Safeguarding adults

Oxfordshire was performing adequately.

 

Improving health and wellbeing for older people

Oxfordshire was performing well.

 

Increased choice and control for older people

Oxfordshire was performing well.

 

Capacity to improve

Promising.

 

The Lead Inspector and Area Manager would now jointly monitor progress over the coming months with a formal review of progress against the action plan scheduled for 6 months (mid April).  Interim reports of progress would also be shared.

 

Also attending were three members of the Adult services Scrutiny Committee - Councillor Seale (Chairman), Councillor Skolar and Councillor Hannaby.

 

Councillor Seale asked what Oxfordshire could do to ensure that the authority was moving in the right direction particularly as the numbers of safeguarded people was increasing.

 

Mrs Talbot advised that Oxfordshire had the key building blocks in place and that would be important in taking performance forward. She suggested the need to address duplication levels.

 

Recognising that partnership working was the way forward Councillor Skolar suggested that as Oxfordshire was the lead authority in the region it would be difficult take that any further forward.

 

Mrs Talbot suggested the need to assess gaps regarding safe discharge of patients.

 

Councillor Hannaby mentioned the importance of adequate monitoring

 

The Director for Social & Community Services felt the inspection had been very useful with a sound methodology which would help drive Oxfordshire’s performance forward. Oxfordshire now needed to plan to improve services based on this report and its recommendations.    

 

Congratulating County Council staff on their work Councillor Chapman highlighted the importance of monitoring progress and proposed that the report be noted with a further report on the formal review of progress to be submitted to the Cabinet in 6 months.  

 

 

104/09

Financial Monitoring - October 2009 pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance & Property

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/034

Contact: Kathy Wilcox, Principal Financial Manager (01865 323981)

 

Report by Assistant Chief Executive & Chief Finance Officer

 

This is the fifth financial monitoring report for the 2009/10 financial year and covers the period up to the end of August 2009 for both revenue, balances, reserves and capital. 

 

The report sets out explanations where the forecast revenue outturn is significantly different from the budget along with proposals to recover the position where appropriate.

The in – year Directorate forecast is an overspend of £3.251m. The reduction of £0.762m compared to the forecast at the end of July largely relates to a change in the forecast for Children, Young People and Families. 

 

The current position for general balances is set out in Annex 5 and shows a forecast of £14.088m.  After taking into account the forecast Directorate overspend, the consolidated revenue balances forecast is £10.837m.

 

The report also includes an updated Capital Programme.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:

 

(a)               note the report;

 

(b)              approve the virements as set out in Annex 2a;

 

(c)               note the updated transfer of excess inflation to the Efficiency Savings Reserve (para 38);

 

(d)              approve the request for £0.078m added to balances earlier this year to be removed to fund the transport capital programme  (para 40) and

 

(e)               approve the updated capital programme included at Annex 7.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet received the fifth financial monitoring report for 2009/10 financial year covering the period up to the end of August 2009 and noted the figure £439.0m in line 9 of paragraph 37 should have read £439K.

 

Councillor Mitchell highlighted that there were few variations from previous months.  There were still significant overspends in place and the County Council faced difficult times to meet its commitments.  He moved the recommendations.

 

Councillor Chapman advised that she would be undertaking a review of out of county placements.

 

Councillor Robertson complimented staff on progress made with regard to the Home to School Transport budget .

 

RESOLVED:

 

(a)              note the report CA6;

 

(b)              approve the virements as set out in Annex 2a to the report CA6;

 

(c)               note the updated transfer of excess inflation to the Efficiency Savings Reserve (paragraph 38 of the report CA6);

 

(d)              approve the request for £0.078m added to balances earlier this year to be removed to fund the transport capital programme (paragraph 40 of the report CA6) and

 

(e)              approve the updated capital programme included at Annex 7 to the report CA6.

 

105/09

Building Schools for the Future pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/126

 

Contact: Roy Leach, Lead Officer, School Organisation & Planning Tel: (01865) 816458

 

Report by Director for Children, Young People & Families

 

Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is a substantial national investment programme intended to transform secondary school education. It has the potential to deliver in the region of £600m of capital investment to Oxfordshire's schools. The report provides an up to date account of progress made towards securing entry to the national BSF programme, describes the next steps to be taken and identifies a number of financial challenges which the Council and its schools will need to address.  For Oxfordshire to be brought into the national BSF programme it is necessary for the County Council to demonstrate that it is committed to a number of key principles: the establishment of a Local Education Partnership; delivery of substantially rebuilt schools through the Private Finance Initiative; adequate revenue funding to support procurement; and securing sufficient resources to bridge any 'affordability gap' between the funding allocated and that required to deliver the Council's and schools' visions for the transformation of education. 

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:

 

(a)               Confirm it’s commitment to the BSF programme;

 

(b)              Confirm that it wishes officers to continue to seek to have Oxfordshire brought into the national BSF programme as soon as possible and fully engage with all relevant stakeholders and partners;

 

(c)               Confirm that, unless or until such time as the requirements change, it understands that the default model for the delivery of BSF is through a Local Education Partnership unless otherwise agreed with DCSF and Partnership for Schools subject to value for money consideration; and

 

(d)              Acknowledge that, under the current regime, new schools delivered through the BSF programme will be predominately procured through PFI and that refurbishments will be procured through capital grant.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Building Schools for the Future (BSF) was a substantial national investment programme intended to transform secondary school education with the potential to deliver in the region of £600m of capital investment to Oxfordshire's schools. Cabinet considered a report (CA6) providing an up to date account of progress made towards securing entry to the national BSF programme, describing the next steps to be taken and identifying a number of financial challenges which the Council and its schools will need to address. 

 

The following amendment to paragraph 29 was noted:

 

Line 4 £3.4m to read £4.4m and that the shortfall would occur over 2 years – 2014/15 and 2015/16 - and not just the first year (2014/15) as stated in the report.

 

Councillor Waine called for all schools to commit to this initiative and stressed the need to achieve a BREEAM level of ‘very good’ as an absolute minimum moving to excellent.  He also confirmed that sprinkler systems were provided in extensive/new build projects but confirmed that it was not always feasible to provide those systems where less extensive programmes of work were being undertaken.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(a)       confirm the Cabinet’s commitment to the BSF programme;

 

(b)       confirm that the Cabinet wished officers to continue to seek to have Oxfordshire brought into the national BSF programme as soon as possible and fully engage with all relevant stakeholders and partners;

 

(c)               confirm that, unless or until such time as the requirements change, the Cabinet understood that the default model for the delivery of BSF was through a Local Education Partnership unless otherwise agreed with DCSF and Partnership for Schools subject to value for money consideration; and

 

(d)               acknowledge that, under the current regime, new schoolsdelivered through the BSF programme would be predominately procured through PFI and that refurbishments would be procured through capital grant.

 

 

106/09

St Nicholas CE Primary School, Marston pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Cabinet Member: Schools Improvement

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/128

Contact: Barbara Chillman, Principal Officer - School Organisation and

Planning Tel: (01865) 816459

 

Report by Director for Children, Young People & Families

 

St Nicholas CE Primary School has a published admission number of 45 children. For September 2008, 57 parents chose the school as their first preference. Due to rising numbers across Oxford City, 60 children have been admitted to the school in September 2009. Primary Care Trust records and the annual census of local children in early years settings show that the demand for places is likely to continue to be above the planned admission number. Other nearby schools are also expected to be full or nearly full, and pupil numbers across Oxford are expected to rise further.

The report considers a proposal to increase the school admission number from 45 to 60, which has been the subject of an informal consultation in the Marston area. A decision is sought as to whether to proceed to issuing a statutory notice to expand the school, in accordance with The Education and Inspections Act 2006 (EIA 2006) and The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools)(England) Regulations 2007 (as amended by The School Organisation and Governance (Amendments)(England) Regulations 2007 which came into force on 21 January 2008).

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to approve the publication of a statutory notice for the expansion of St Nicholas CE Primary School, Marston.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report (CA8) setting out a proposal to increase the school admission number at St Nicholas CE Primary School, Marston from 45 to 60 following an informal consultation in the Marston area and a decision was now required as to whether or not to proceed to issuing a statutory notice to expand the school.

 

Councillor Altaf-Khan supported expansion but highlighted a number of issues regarding traffic and highway repairs and called for an investigation into the admission process in other schools in order to relieve pressure on St Nicholas School.

 

Councillor Waine welcomed Councillor Altaf Khan’s comments regarding expansion at the school but added that pressure points for placements were not always places where numbers could be increased.  He had no objection in principle to the proposal but also referred to a number of issues including traffic levels, highway repair and provision of a new entrance off Marston Road.  Investigations were ongoing into the first two but provision of an additional entrance was contrary to policy.  There were also financial implications attached to the capital works should the proposals be approved which would need to be the subject of a future report.

 

Councillor Rose added that he would be happy to consider provision of a pedestrian crossing but much of the road repair work would need to be undertaken by the City Council as a Section 42 responsibility.

 

RESOLVED: to approve the publication of a statutory notice for the expansion of St Nicholas CE Primary School, Marston

107/09

Report on the Property Portfolio pdf icon PDF 168 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader

Forward Plant Ref: 2009/131

Contact: Mark Tailby, Assistant Head of Property Tel: (01865) 816012

 

Report by Head of Property

 

This is the annual report detailing the performance of the Council’s property portfolio from April 2008 to March 2009.  The content of this report will help inform the Corporate Asset Management Plan. The report includes benchmarking information and targets for 2009/10.

 

In the summary, the report shows:

 

       A slight reduction in the number of fit for purpose properties to 41%, although only one third of the portfolio was surveyed in 2008/09.

        Capital receipts of £6,947,871 were achieved in year.

        Total required maintenance (assessed need) increased by 4.4% on 2007/08.  Total spend on repairs and maintenance reduced, although the percentage split between planned and responsive maintenance has improved to 59% and 41% respectively.

        64% of properties perform better than typical in terms of environmental performance – a slight reduction on 2007/08 largely attributable to a particularly cold winter.

        Performance indicators for capital projects show the core consultant performing very well in terms of cost and time predictability at the design stage, and in terms of cost predictability at the construction stage.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note the report.

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered (CE9) the annual report detailing the Council’s property portfolio from April 2008 to March 2009.

 

Councillor Armitage raised particular concern regarding poor performance regarding lowering carbon dioxide emissions.  Extreme weather conditions should be included within the parameters for these targets and should not be used as an excuse when performance was not achieved.  He urged the Cabinet to instruct operating divisions to prioritise this work.

 

Councillor Waine highlighted the anomaly which existed in schools where every effort was made to reduce emissions yet there was an expectation to increase usage of IT.

 

RESOLVED: to note the report CA9

 

 

108/09

Quarter 1 Performance Management: April - June 2009 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/074

Contact:  Alexandra Bailey, Corporate Performance and Review Manager Tel:

(01865) 816384

 

Report by County Council Management Team

 

The report shows the council's performance in the four key areas of: customer, projects, finance, and people. Progress against targets is shown by directorate, including a summary of what is going well, what needs to develop, and what requires attention. This is the performance report for Q1 2009/2010.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note this report.

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered (CA10) the performance report for Q1 2009/10 covering the four key areas of customer, projects, finance and people.

 

Councillor Fooks felt the report was interesting but lacked detail. Highlighting a number of areas which needed attention such as appraisals, safeguarding children, high number of children permanently excluded and roads and footways she expressed particular concern regarding carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Councillor Robertson advised that the report contained a number of annual red targets which would not be reflected in Q1and referred to the tremendous amount of work going on to achieve a uniformed approach between County Directorates and develop a performance culture throughout the County Council. He moved the recommendations.

 

RESOLVED: to note the report

109/09

Forward Plan and Future Business pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Cabinet Member: All

Contact Officer: Sue Whitehead, Committee Services Manager (01865 810262)

 

The Cabinet Procedure Rules provide that the business of each meeting at the Cabinet is to include “updating of the Forward Plan and proposals for business to be conducted at the following meeting”.   Items from the Forward Plan for the immediately forthcoming meetings of the Cabinet appear in the Schedule at CA.  This includes any updated information relating to the business for those meetings that has already been identified for inclusion in the next Forward Plan update.

 

The Schedule is for noting, but Cabinet Members may also wish to take this opportunity to identify any further changes they would wish to be incorporated in the next Forward Plan update.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note the items currently identified for forthcoming meetings.

 

 

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a list of items (CA10) for the immediately forthcoming meetings of the Cabinet together with changes and additions set out in schedule of addenda.

 

RESOLVED: to note the items currently identified for forthcoming meetings.