Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Tuesday, 15 November 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND. View directions

Contact: Colm Ó Caomhánaigh  Tel: 07393 001096; E-Mail:  colm.ocaomhanaigh@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Link: video link https://oxon.cc/Cabinet15112022

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

- guidance note opposite

Decision:

None

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 355 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 18 October 2022 (CA3) and to receive information arising from them.

4.

Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 364 KB

Any county councillor may, by giving notice to the Proper Officer by 9 am two working days 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.

5.

Petitions and Public Address pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Members of the public who wish to speak at this meeting can attend the meeting in person or ‘virtually’ through an online connection. 

 

To facilitate ‘hybrid’ meetings we are asking that requests to speak are submitted by no later than 9am four working days before the meeting i.e., 9am on Wednesday 9 November 2022.  Requests to speak should be sent to colm.ocaomhanaigh@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

If you are speaking ‘virtually’, you may submit a written statement of your presentation to ensure that if the technology fails, then your views can still be taken into account. A written copy of your statement can be provided no later than 9am 2 working days before the meeting. Written submissions should be no longer than 1 A4 sheet.

6.

Business Management & Monitoring Report - August/September 2022 pdf icon PDF 766 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2022/081

Contact: Louise Tustian, Head of Insight & Corporate Programmes, louise.tustian@oxfordshire.gov.uk; Kathy Wilcox, Head of Financial Strategy, 07788 302163

 

Report by Corporate Director Customers, Organisational Development & Resources/Director of Finance (CA6).

 

The business management reports are part of a suite of performance, risk and budget documents which set out our ambitions, priorities and financial performance. The 2022 – 2025 Strategic Plan sets out the Council’s ambitions for the next four years. It also shows our priority activities for the current financial year.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to

 

a)                  note the report and annexes

 

b)                  agree the virements in Annex B-2a and the supplementary estimate request in Annex B-2c.

 

c)                  write off a debt of £0.3m for advance payments and the cost of arranging alternative provision in relation to a home care provider that went into administration in early 2017.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Recommendations agreed.

 

7.

Treasury Management Mid Term Review (2022/23) pdf icon PDF 502 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2022/088

Contact: Tim Chapple, Treasury Manager, tim.chapple@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

Report by Director of Finance (CA7).

 

To provide a mid-term review of Treasury Management Activity in 2022/23 in accordance with the CIPFA code of practice.

 

Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note the report, and to RECOMMEND Council to note the council’s treasury management activity the first half of 2022/23.

 

Decision:

Recommendations agreed.

 

8.

Climate and Natural Environment Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 344 KB

Cabinet Member: Climate Change Delivery and Environment

Forward Plan Ref: 2022/028

Contact: Sarah Gilbert Climate Action Team Leader, 07867 467797 / Nick Mottram, Environment and Heritage Group Manager, 07733 002171

 

Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CA8).

 

The Council’s Corporate Plan is ambitious for leading positive change by working in partnership to make Oxfordshire a greener, fairer and healthier County. This new Climate and Natural Environment Policy Statement (the Policy Statement) supports and strengthens this ambition to include a policy focus on environmental resilience and nature recovery.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:

 

a)                  Agree this Climate and Natural Environment Policy Statement to ensure environmental considerations are placed at the heart of policy and decision-making across the County Council.

 

b)                  Re-affirm commitment to the shared environment principles of the Future Oxfordshire Partnership, set out in Appendix 1.

 

c)                  Lead positive change through a new County-wide strategic framework, detailed in Appendix 2, to ensure the principles for climate action, environmental resilience and nature recovery are embedded in the breadth of County Council partnership activity across Oxfordshire.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Recommendations approved with the following amendments:

 

a)              Agree this Climate and Natural Environment Policy Statement to ensure environmental considerations are placed at the heart of policy and decision-making across the County Council.

 

b)              Re-affirm commitment to the shared environment principles of the Future Oxfordshire Partnership Oxford-Cambridge Arc, set out in Appendix 1.

 

c)              Lead positive change through a new County-wide strategic framework, detailed in Appendix 2, to ensure the principles for climate action, environmental resilience and nature recovery are embedded in the breadth of County Council partnership activity across Oxfordshire.

 

d)              delegate authority to make amendments to the Policy to the Corporate Director Environment & Place.

 

9.

Property Strategy pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2022/090

Contact: Vic Kurzeja, Director for Joint Property Team, Vic.Kurzeja@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

Report by Corporate Director - Commercial Development, Assets and Investment (CA9).

 

This paper presents a property strategy for Oxfordshire County Council which set out the long-term strategic framework for the development and delivery of economic, social and environmental objectives that relate to the Council’s property and assets portfolios.

 

The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to

 

a)                  Adopt the strategy as set out at annex 1.

 

b)                  Request that the Director of Property establishes a cross party Cabinet Advisory Group to oversee the development of the options and business cases for the city centre accommodation review, part of the operational assets portfolio (annex 2).

 

c)                  Request officers provide regular updates with regards to the implementation of the strategy against a suite of key performance indicators.

 

d)                  Note the feedback provided by the Performance and Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee. 

 

e)                  Delegate authority to the Corporate Director for Customers, Organisational Development and Resources, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Property to make minor amendments to the strategy in response to feedback from the cross party Cabinet Advisory Group (recommendation b).

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Recommendations agreed.

 

10.

Appointments pdf icon PDF 193 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2022/192

Contact: Colm Ó Caomhánaigh, Committee Officer, 07393 001096

 

Report by Director of Law & Governance (CA10).

 

Appointment of a partner governor with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to

 

a)                  designate Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as a Strategic Outside Body;

 

b)                  appoint Councillor Tim Bearder, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, as a partner Governor with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Decision:

Agreed to defer to the Cabinet meeting on 29 November 2022.

 

11.

For information: Cabinet Response to Scrutiny Report - Citizens' Jury pdf icon PDF 259 KB

For information only: The Cabinet Response to the report from the Performance & Corporate Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee report on the Citizens’ Jury.

 

12.

Forward Plan and Future Business pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Cabinet Member: All

Contact Officer: Colm Ó Caomhánaigh, Committee Officer Tel: 07393 001096

 

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 CA12.  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.