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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Minutes pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 15 December 2009 (CA 3) and to receive for information any matters arising therefrom.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 15 December were approved and signed.

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Questions from County Councillors

Any county councillor may, by giving notice to the Proper Officer by 9 am on the working day before the meeting, ask a question on any matter in respect of the Cabinet’s delegated powers.

 

The number of questions which may be asked by any councillor at any one meeting is limited to two (or one question with notice and a supplementary question at the meeting) and the time for questions will be limited to 30 minutes in total. As with questions at Council, any questions which remain unanswered at the end of this item will receive a written response.

 

Questions submitted prior to the agenda being despatched are shown below and will be the subject of a response from the appropriate Cabinet Member or such other councillor or officer as is determined by the Cabinet Member, and shall not be the subject of further debate at this meeting. Questions received after the despatch of the agenda, but before the deadline, will be shown on the Schedule of Addenda circulated at the meeting, together with any written response which is available at that time.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Fooks had given notice of the following question to the Cabinet Member for Transport Implementation:

“I have asked before about the frequency of meetings of the Transport Decisions Committee and been assured that the intention is to hold them approximately monthly. You will be aware that the meeting scheduled for January 7th, six weeks after the previous meeting, had eleven items on the agenda, some of which affect very large numbers of people, like the decision on the expansion of Thornhill Park and Ride, and some of more local concern, like the long-awaited proposal of parking restrictions in Waterways in my division, was cancelled due to the bad weather. The proposal is to defer all these items to the meeting to be held some five weeks later, on February 11th. Your Cabinet papers today show that there are another eleven items already on the agenda for that meeting. Can you reduce the delays to the items on the January agenda by holding an extra meeting well before February 11th, which would also ensure that the February meeting can conduct all its business in a reasonable time?”

 

Councillor Rose:

 

“It was unfortunate that the January meeting had to be cancelled but I am sure Cllr Fooks understands why this was the case and that on this one occasion we have a two month gap. Whist I appreciate that there has been delay on making some decisions I have looked at the items and consider that these can all be dealt with at the February meeting.”

 

Supplementary question:

 

“Would Councillor Rose agree that 11 weeks is closer to 3 months than 2 months and that it showed a lack of consideration for members of the public waiting for decisions to be taken?"

 

Councillor Rose replied that in the adverse weather conditions he had been concerned for members of the public who would be attending from all parts of the county for the items which included the County Speed Limit Review. He had not been prepared to postpone to a new date until the weather conditions had improved and the bad weather still continued. The earliest date now would be 28 January. The clerk had given assurances that the items for the next scheduled meeting could be completed in reasonable time, allowing each of the items proper consideration.

 

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Petitions and Public Address

Minutes:

The following requests to address the meeting had been agreed:

 

Item

Speaker

6. Comprehensive Area Assessment – Audit Commission Report

Councillor Patrick

10. Annual Report by the Care Quality Commission on Adult Social Care

Councillor Hannaby

12. Closer to Communities – Actions to Further Develop Corporate and Service engagement in Localities and Priority Places

Councillor Patrick

13. Member Champions

Councillor Patrick

 

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Comprehensive Area Assessment - Audit Commission Report pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/174

Contact:  Tracy Luck, Head of Strategy (01865 816383)/ Christa Brodie-Levinsohn (01865 815463)

           

Report by:  Head of Strategy

 

The report summarises Oxfordshire County Council’s results in the recent Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA). This is an annual assessment of local public services in England.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:

 

a)        Celebrate Oxfordshire’s areas of good performance from the 2009 assessment;

 

b)        Note the areas highlighted for follow up work next year.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report summarising Oxfordshire County Council’s results in the recent Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA), an annual assessment of local public services in England.

Councillor Patrick, Leader of the Opposition commented that she had not found the report useful compared to the full report and queried why the full report was not available as part of the agenda. She accepted the areas that had been highlighted for action, but noted that there was no action plan so queried what would happen in respect of those areas.

Clare Buchanan, Performance Specialist for the Audit Commission presented the Audit Commission findings, referring in particular to the assessments carried out by the Children’s Quality Commission (CQC), OFSTED and the assessment of the Fire Services. She highlighted the areas where the Council had performed well, that included political and managerial leadership and strong financial management; she noted major improvements in several areas including regeneration, public transport, community safety and recycling and composting; in terms of CQC and OFSTED the Council was performing well over all although there was a need to continue to address educational attainment. The Fire Services assessment had been very positive, building on previous strong performance. Areas for development included equalities, response times and retention of retained fire fighters.

Responding to the comments made, Cabinet expressed disappointment at the lack of green flags noting that the Council was the best in the country in terms of dealing with Youth Offending and queried what was needed to gain a green flag. The Fire Service too had an exceptional record. The Cabinet Member for Safer & Stronger Communities noted that the issue with retained fire fighters was a national problem.

The Leader indicated that the full reports were available on the web site. The areas highlighted for development were already the focus of a great deal of work and action plans were in place.

Cabinet commented on the positive nature of the report and that staff should be proud of the work they did on residents’ behalf.

RESOLVED:                        to:

 

a)         Celebrate Oxfordshire’s areas of good performance from the 2009 assessment; and

 

b)         note the areas highlighted for follow up work next year.

 

 

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Financial Monitoring - January 2009 pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Cabinet Member:  Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/154

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

 

Report by:  Assistant Chief Executive & Chief Finance Office (CA7)

 

This is the eighth financial monitoring report for the 2009/10 financial year and covers the period up to the end of November 2009.  it includes projections for revenue, balances, reserves and capital and a capital programme update.

 

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 £3.060m.  In addition the Council elements of the Older People, Physical Disabilities and Equipment Pooled Budget within Social and Community Services are forecast to overspend by £2.892m, whilst the Learning Disabilities Pooled Budget is forecast to overspend by £1.040m.

 

The current position for general balances is set out in Annex 5 and shows an unchanged forecast of £14.088m.  After taking into account the forecast Directorate overspend, the consolidated revenue balances forecast is £11.028m.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:

 

(a)               note the report;

 

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

 

(c)               approve the use of carry forward from 2008/09 to offset pressures in Legal and Democratic Services as set out in paragraph 51.

 

(d)              Approve the write off of the bad debt of £110,685.71 in respect of a payment in advance to Sedgemoor Children’s Services as set out in paragraph 57.

 

(e)               Approve the updated Capital Programme as set out in Annex 8;

 

(f)                 Agree the deferral and phasing of the repayment of grant from Creation Theatre Company as set out in paragraphs 86 and 87.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet received the eighth financial monitoring report for the 2009/10 financial year covering the period up to the end of November 2009 for revenue, balances, reserves and capital.

 

The in – year Directorate forecast was an overspend of £3.060m.

 

The current position for general balances showed an unchanged forecast of £14.088m and after taking into account the forecast Directorate overspend, the consolidated revenue balances forecast was £11.028m.

 

Cabinet noted the amended Annex 2a as referred to in the schedule of addenda, together with resultant changes to Annex 2e.

 

The Leader noted that there were consistent pressures around young unaccompanied asylum seekers, children’s placements, pressures on pooled budgets and ICT. He added that better systems were enabling the delivery of the planned capital programme. Cabinet noted the action being taken as detailed by individual Cabinet Members.

 

Cabinet considered the supplementary report of the Leader, set out in the schedule to the addenda that outlined the impacts of the recent severe cold weather. He highlighted the help and co-operation across the County. Cabinet Members praised the efforts of staff and other agencies, particularly District Councils who had worked well together. The County Council had taken a lead role in directing efforts to where they were most needed. Councillor Rose was thanked for his role in informing the people of Oxfordshire through radio interviews and the local press. The outstanding performance of support staff such as Home Support Staff to continue to provide a service to the most vulnerable residents was recognised. The Cabinet Member for Schools Improvement referred to the more rigorous guidelines for schools that had been put in place following last winter’s bad weather and that as a result the majority of schools had been able to maximise their opening this time, in particular for young people taking exams.

 

Cabinet noted that the impact on the road maintenance budget as referred to in the report was only an early indication and was no more than an estimate of the immediate works that would be needed. The final impact would not be known until the inspection of the road network was completed.

 

RESOLVED:             to:

 

(a)       note the report;

 

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

 

(c)               approve the use of carry forward from 2008/09 to offset pressures in Legal and Democratic Services as set out in paragraph 51;

 

(d)               approve the write off of the bad debt of £110,685.71 in respect of a payment in advance to Sedgemoor Children’s Services as set out in paragraph 57;

 

(e)               approve the updated Capital Programme as set out in Annex 8;

 

(f)                 agree the deferral and phasing of the repayment of grant from Creation Theatre Company as set out in paragraphs 86 and 87; and

 

(In respect of the recent severe weather to):

 

(g)               recognise the efforts of all our staff at this difficult time;

 

(h)               recognise the assistance of our partners; and

 

(i)         consider any lessons that can be learnt as appropriate.

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Service & Resource Planning Report for 2010/11 - 2014/15 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Cabinet Member:Leader

Forward Plan Ref 2009/153

Contact:  Lorna Baxter, Assistant Head of Finance (01865 323971)  

 

Report by:  Assistant Chief Executive & Chief Finance Office(CA8B)

 

This report is the third in a series on the Service and Resource Planning process for 2010/11 to 2014/15, providing councillors with information on budget issues for 2010/11 and the medium term. It is the final report to Cabinet before Council considers the budget on 9 February 2010.  The report sets out the latest information on the Council’s financial position, includes the Treasury Management Strategy for 2010/11 and considers the capital funding, including an updated Capital Programme. 

The Leader has prepared a separate report (CA8A), circulated alongside this report, which sets out the basis for the Cabinet’s budget proposals to Council and Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for 2010/11 to 2014/15.  This takes into consideration comments on the draft budget proposals from the individual Scrutiny Committees in December 2009 as well as the latest information on the Council’s financial position as outlined in this report.  It also takes account of the public consultation on the budget which was undertaken during October 2009, the outcomes of which are set out in an annex to that report.

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:

 

(a)         (in respect of revenue) RECOMMEND Council to approve:

(1)                                 a budget for 2010/11 and a medium term plan to 2014/15, based on the proposals set out by the Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance;

(2)                                  a budget requirement for 2010/11;

(3)                                  a precept for 2010/11;

(4)                                  a council tax for band D equivalent properties;

(5)                                  the use of unallocated LABGI funding as set out in Annex 5;

(6)                                  virement arrangements to operate within the approved budget;

 

(b)                    (in respect of treasury management) RECOMMEND Council to approve:

(1)                                 the Treasury Management Strategy Statement ;

(2)                                 Prudential Indicators from April 2010;

(3)                                 that in relation to the 2010/11 strategy any further changes required be delegated to the Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and leaders of the Opposition and Labour group.

 

(c)                     RECOMMEND Council to approve the Minimum Revenue Provision Methodology Statement as set out in paragraphs 10 to 13 of Annex 7.

 

(d)                    (in respect of capital) RECOMMEND Council to approve:

(1)                                 the updated Capital Strategy and Corporate Asset Management Plan;

(2)                                 a Capital Programme for 2010/11 to 2014/15;

(3)                                 Prudential Indicators from April 2010.

 

(e)                     RECOMMEND Council to delegate authority to the Leader of the Council, following consultation with the Chief Finance Officer, to make appropriate changes to the proposed budget.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the third in a series on the Service and Resource Planning process for 2010/11 to 2014/15, providing councillors with information on budget issues for 2010/11 and the medium term.  The report set out the latest information on the Council’s financial position, included the Treasury Management Strategy for 2010/11 and considered the capital funding, including an updated Capital Programme. 

Officers drew attention to additional information contained in the addenda and supplementary report by the Assistant Chief Finance Officer including an amendment to recommendation (e) and two additional recommendations.

Cabinet also considered a separate report by the Leader which set out the basis for the Cabinet’s budget proposals to Council and Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for 2010/11 to 2014/15.  This took into consideration comments on the draft budget proposals from the individual Scrutiny Committees in December 2009 as well as the latest information on the Council’s financial position as outlined in the main report.  It also took account of the public consultation on the budget which was undertaken during October 2009.

The Leader commented that local government finances were likely to be under pressure for the next 5-10 years and that the current proposals recognised that position. He noted a number of changes as a result of consultation, which included finding alternatives savings to those originally proposed for Youth Services. He highlighted a number of programmes including Building Schools for the Future and the Transformation agenda around Social & Community Services and referred to the financial impact on the Council with the transfer of concessionary fares. He noted with appreciation the stability provided by the public sector pay announcements by central government and flagged as a danger the impact of proposals for free social care for adults in a high level of need. He noted the impact of the recent severe weather. He commented that the proposed level of Council tax in the next year was higher than he would wish to see.

During discussion the Cabinet thanked the Assistant Chief Executive & Chief Finance Officer and her team for the huge amount of time and effort they had put in. Cabinet Members appreciated that they had received very good advice. Cabinet Members recognised that for them this had been a difficult budget with many challenges. The Director for Social & Community Services and the Cabinet Member for Adult Services supported the concerns around the free social care for adults.

 

RESOLVED:             to:

 

a)           (in respect of revenue) RECOMMEND Council to approve:

(1) a budget for 2010/11 and a medium term plan to 2014/15, based on the proposals set out by the Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance;

(2)       a budget requirement for 2010/11;

(3)       a precept for 2010/11;

(4)       a council tax for band D equivalent properties;

(5)        the use of unallocated LABGI funding as set out in Annex 5;

(6)        virement arrangements to operate within the approved budget;

 

(b)       (in respect of treasury management) RECOMMEND Council to approve:

(1)   the Treasury Management Strategy Statement;

(2)       Prudential Indicators from  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6/10

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Revised Disability Equality Scheme pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Cabinet Member: Safer, Stronger Communities

Forward Plan Ref: : 2009/195

Contact: Adrian Harper-Smith, Corporate Strategies Manager (01865 323960)

 

Report by: Assistant Chief Executive (Strategy) (CA11)

 

Oxfordshire County Council is committed to ensuring ‘real choice’; recognition that residents have a right to expect services that are shaped to meet their needs and are fair, timely and accessible. We aim to achieve this by recognising the differing circumstances of the local population, by listening to their views and by developing appropriate and innovative solutions.

The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 places a statutory general duty on public authorities to promote disability equality in carrying out their functions; and specific duties including the requirement to publish a revised Disability Equality Scheme every three years. On 21 November 2006, Cabinet agreed Oxfordshire County Council's first Disability Equality Scheme and this is therefore now due to be revised.

The proposed new Disability Equality Scheme includes priorities developed through the involvement of disabled people, as follows:

        Improving our understanding of disabled people and demonstrating positive attitudes towards them to ensure that we deliver excellent customer service;

        Ensuring that our communications and engagement activities are accessible to disabled people and that disabled people feel that their views are being listened to and taken into account when decisions are made;

        Making our buildings and sites more accessible to disabled people, improving highways, public transport and services to address their needs and promoting independent living; and

        Improving the skills, qualifications and employment opportunities for disabled people and improving the representation of disabled people at all levels in our workforce, ensuring that appropriate reasonable adjustments are made..

 

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:

 

(a)               agree the revised Disability Equality Scheme (Annex 1 of this report); and

 

(b)              agree the revised 3-Year rolling schedule of statutory Equality Impact Assessments (Annex 2 of this report).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the proposed new Disability Equality Scheme.

 

The Cabinet Member for Safer & Stronger Communities stressed that the Council’s commitment went beyond the statutory duty with high standards being set for the equal treatment of all. All the priorities had targets and outcome dates set out in the Delivery Plan. She highlighted the disability awareness training being delivered for bus drivers.

 

RESOLVED:             to:

 

(a)               agree the revised Disability Equality Scheme (Annex 1 of the report); and

 

(b)       agree the revised 3-Year rolling schedule of statutory Equality Impact Assessments (Annex 2 of the report).

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Draft Corporate Plan 2010/11 pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Decision Maker and Target Date:  Full Cabinet, 19 January 2010

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/154

Contact:  Ben Threadgold, Senior Policy Officer (01865 328219)

 

Report by:  Assistant Chief Executive (Strategy)

 

A draft of the Corporate Plan for the period 2010/11 to 2014/15 is provided for approval by Cabinet on 19 January 2009 in advance of consideration by the full Council in February 2009. By the time of the meeting the draft plan will have been considered by the Strategy and Partnerships Scrutiny Committee. The Committee’s advice will be reported to this meeting as part of the schedule of addenda.

 

The plan is still in a draft format and further work is required, particularly reviewing the nature of the targets for each priority and in developing the accompanying delivery plan. We will be working with Directorate teams early in the New Year to ensure that the targets are outcome focused, challenging and measurable.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED, subject to consideration of any advice from the Strategy & Partnerships Scrutiny Committee and to the inclusion of consequential and editorial changes in the text as agreed by the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to RECOMMEND the Council to approve the Medium Term Corporate Plan 2010/11-14/15.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a draft of the Corporate Plan for the period 2010/11 to 2014/15 prior to its consideration by the full Council in February 2009. Comments by the Strategy & Partnerships Scrutiny Committee were set out in the schedule of addenda.

The Leader commented that the Plan was still developing and that he expected that consequential changes could still be needed following Council.

 RESOLVED:              subject to consideration of advice from the Strategy & Partnerships Scrutiny Committee to RECOMMEND the Council to approve the Medium Term Corporate Plan 2010/11-14/15 subject to the inclusion of consequential and editorial changes in the text as agreed by the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

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Annual Report by the Care Quality Commission on Adult Social Care pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Cabinet Member:  Adult Services

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/155

Contact:  Steve Thomas, Performance Information Manager, (01865 323609)

 

Report by:  Director for Social & Community Services

 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England. Within its remit it provides an annual performance assessment of all councils with adult social care responsibilities in England. The 2008/9 report for Oxfordshire is attached as annex 1. Oxfordshire is rated as performing well.

The report is structured around seven key outcomes, which are used to evaluate how well the council currently serves people, and 2 further criteria which are used to describe the future prospects for the council. The council was described as performing well on 6 of the outcomes, and on one it is described as performing adequately. The area described as adequate is ‘maintaining personal dignity and respect’. This was based, in a large part, on the CQC inspection of adult social care in June 2009 which was reported to Cabinet in October. The covering letter, provided with the inspection report, from CQC noted ‘The report acknowledges an improving picture of performance in safeguarding adults in Oxfordshire, with some areas of positive performance and a clear commitment to further raising of standards.’

Within the report the Commission identify key strengths and areas for development. For each area of development an action plan has been agreed with the Commission and will be monitored via the routine business meetings the council has with them.

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to

 

(a)               receive the report;

 

(b)              review progress on the areas for development through the quarterly monitoring of the directorate balanced scorecard.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the 2008/9 report for Oxfordshire from The Care Quality Commission (CQC) providing an annual performance assessment of adult social care.

Councillor Hannaby, speaking as Shadow Cabinet Member for Adult Services added her thanks to those expressed earlier in the meeting to the Home Care Support Team, particularly those in her area, for their efforts to continue to provide a service during the recent snow. She felt that there was some disappointment with the report’s assessment in certain areas and highlighted concerns over safeguarding. She noted that work was being undertaken on late discharges and hoped that progress could be maintained. She welcomed the strong working with partners and appreciated the work that was being done, feeling that there was the ability to improve further. Responding to questions she commented that she had no problems with the way things were progressing but that finance was always an issue.

The Cabinet Member for Adult Services agreed that there had been disappointment at the assessment of safeguarding. It had already moved up the agenda and he had felt that enough had been put in place to merit an assessment of performing well. The Director for Social & Community Services added that if they continued doing what they were doing then performing well should be achieved. On the personal budgets he felt that this report and the earlier CAA report had not been as positive as it could be. Key milestones had been agreed. The target of 10% would be reached by March 2010.                       

RESOLVED:             to:

 

(a)       receive the report;  and

 

(b)       review progress on the areas for development through the quarterly monitoring of the Directorate balanced scorecard.

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Closer to Communities - Actions to Further Develop Corporate and Service Engagement in Localities and Priority Places pdf icon PDF 578 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/198

Contact: Claire Evans, Strategic Partnerships Manager (01865 323966)

 

Report by: Assistant Chief Executive (Strategy)

 

n 2007 we took our first steps towards a focus on localities when we agreed a Closer to Communities Strategy – an outline framework for locality working based around 25 “natural community areas”. We explored how to engage more actively with key local partnerships (for example in Bicester and Abingdon), communicate with the public about service provision in localities and promote the benefits of community led-planning (for example, parish plans). 

 

It is now proposed that we reduce these 25 areas to 14 localities, being a more manageable number in terms of officer support and communication.

 

During November the Closer to Communities report was circulated to all County Council elected members and discussed at Informal Cabinet and the Corporate Core opposition briefing. It was also circulated to all District Chief Executives, the Primary Care Trust and Police for comment.

 

Within the 14 localities Cabinet has already identified Didcot, Abingdon, Bicester, Carterton, Banbury and Oxford as being a high priority because of planned developments. For these priority areas we have used a wide range information to identify the key issues and recommendations are proposed for each of the priority places.

 

It is RECOMMENDED that Cabinet:

 

(a)               approve the 14 proposed locality areas for further discussion with partner organisations; and

 

(b)       approve the recommendations for making progress on locality arrangements in the 6 priority places.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report seeking approval of proposals to further develop locality working.

 

Councillor Patrick, Leader of the Opposition, queried what criteria had been used to select the 6 priority areas identified in the report. She queried where the resources for the work were to be found. She had a concern that the focus on localities could lead to a duplication of effort by, for example, the splitting of transport depots.

 

The Leader responded that the 6 areas had been selected as those having a number of issues based on the experience of Cabinet Members. He accepted that there were not huge resources available and felt it would be interesting to see what could be achieved. The Head of Partnership Working gave assurances that the intention was not to split services up into 14 locality units. It was hoped that the actions would lead to better engagement with local areas.

 

RESOLVED:             to:

 

(a)               approve the 14 proposed locality areas for further discussion with partner organisations; and

 

(b)       approve the recommendations for making progress on locality arrangements in the 6 priority places.

 

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Member Champions pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/219

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

 

Report by:  Assistant Head of Legal & Democratic Services

 

This report seeks approval to the appointment of a new Member Champion for Locality Working.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to appoint a Councillor as Member Champion for Locality Working.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report seeking approval to the appointment of a new Member Champion for Locality Working.

 

Councillor Patrick, Leader of the Opposition, suggested that it might be better to have a number of member champions to cover each of the areas.

 

The Leader stated that the suggestion would be considered in the context of the proposal, which was about championing locality working rather than championing any particular area. It did not prevent any member from championing their area.

 

RESOLVED:             to approve the concept of appointing a Councillor or Councillors as Member Champion(s) for Locality Working.

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Forward Plan and Future Business pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Cabinet Member: All

Contact: 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 CA14.  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:

The Cabinet considered a list of items for the immediately forthcoming meetings of the Cabinet together with the following addition:

 

Grounds Maintenance – Deputy Leader – 16 February 2010

 

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

 

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Delegated Powers of the Chief Executive

Cabinet Member:  Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2009/146

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

 

Report by: Assistant Head of Legal & Democratic Services

 

Schedule attached reporting on a quarterly basis any executive decisions taken by the Chief Executive under the specific powers and functions delegated to her under the terms of Part 7.4 of the Council's Constitution.

 

Please note that this is not for scrutiny call in.

 

Date

Subject

 

Decision

 

Reason for Urgency

14/12/09

Proposed transfer of staff and services to Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

Approved an exemption from the full tendering requirements of the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules

 

To put an interim arrangement in place to ensure integrated and safe services pending the agreement of joint commissioning procurement arrangements.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:                        to note the details below of executive decisions taken by the Chief Executive under the specific powers and functions delegated to her under the terms of Part 7.4 of the Council's Constitution.

 

Date

Subject

 

Decision

 

Reason for Urgency

14/12/09

Proposed transfer of staff and services to Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

 

Approved an exemption from the full tendering requirements of the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules

 

To put an interim arrangement in place to ensure integrated and safe services pending the agreement of joint commissioning procurement arrangements.